Signal Corps and Military Intelligence Officer Perceptions of a Multifunctional Branch Merger
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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How the creation of the Cyber Branch will effect the Signal Corps and Military Intelligence branches is unclear. Budgetary factors are reducing Army end strength and increasing competition for the resources across the Department of Defense. These budgetary forces are likely to drive a search for efficiency. How the Army will transform to confront cyber threats while dealing with budgetary pressures is uncertain. One past solution was multifunctionalization. The multifunctional logistics program started in 1992 to reduce redundancy amongst the logistics branches, eventually becoming the Logistics Branch. Army leaders may view a similar approach to Signal, Military Intelligence and Cyber officer management as a way to reduce redundancy and cost. This research intends to access how Signal and Intelligence officers perceive a multifunctional merger of the Signal, Military Intelligence, and Cyber branches The officers surveyed view the creation of the Cyber Branch as being positive for the Army. Most respondents would disagree with a merger of the Military Intelligence with any other branch. Conversely the majority of survey participants would support a multifunctional merger of the Signal Corps and Cyber Branch. Based on this research it is recommended that the Army consider a pilot volunteer program similar to the FA90 Multifunction Logistician for interested Signal and Cyber officers.
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