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Reinventing the Pentagon: How the Public Management Can Bring Institutional Renewal

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As the Cold War winds to an end, cuts in the military budget are a certainty. This new fiscal reality presents a difficult, long-term, highly complex managerial challenge. It calls for solving serious problems of organization and control, managing relationships with suppliers, and choosing between alternative institutional designs. If defense spending is to be reduced without enfeebling the military, the Pentagon must make major changes in the way it does business - it must restructure, decentralize, and trim ...
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Overview

As the Cold War winds to an end, cuts in the military budget are a certainty. This new fiscal reality presents a difficult, long-term, highly complex managerial challenge. It calls for solving serious problems of organization and control, managing relationships with suppliers, and choosing between alternative institutional designs. If defense spending is to be reduced without enfeebling the military, the Pentagon must make major changes in the way it does business - it must restructure, decentralize, and trim away the fat. Reinventing the Pentagon provides the solutions to many of the restructuring problems the Department of Defense now faces. Fred Thompson and L. R. Jones take the key concepts of the new public management - streamlining controls; implementing mission-driven, results-oriented budgets; creating more flexible and responsive hiring systems; and more - and tell how to organize the Pentagon to make these reforms work. Using specific applications of the new public management, the authors show how to align the Department of Defense's organizational strategy with its structure; redesign governance relationships between its mission centers and their suppliers; adjust individual and organizational self-interest to the objectives of national defense; implement responsibility budgets; replace rules and regulations with incentives; use competition and market mechanisms rather than administrative solutions, and more. Reinventing the Pentagon outlines the changes in the Pentagon's personnel, accounting, and financial management practices - as well as in the congressional appropriations, authorization, and oversight process - that are needed to make mission-driven, results-oriented budgeting a reality.
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Provides solutions to the restructuring problems the Department of Defense faces at the end of the Cold War. Thompson management, Willamette U. and Jones financial management, Naval Postgraduate School apply principles of the new public management, such as streamlined controls and results-oriented budgets, to the Department, and recommend redesigning relationships between mission centers and suppliers using competition and market mechanics rather than administrative solutions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555427108
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/8/1994
  • Series: Public Administration Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Thompson
Fred Thompson is a food writer, food stylist, and culinary developer. The author of three cookbooks, he is a columnist for the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina and teaches regularly at the Institute for Culinary Education in New York City, the Greenbrier, and the Viking Culinary Centers. A member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and IACP, he lives in Raleigh and New York City.
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Table of Contents

Preface
The Authors
Introduction: Current Challenges and Opportunities 1
1 Creating the Department of Defense: The Management Challenge 19
2 Controlling the Military Departments: The Strategy/Structure Mismatch 45
3 Reengineering the Pentagon: Organizational Change After McNamara 72
4 Working with the Private Sector: Strengthening the Industrial Base 101
5 Streamlining Procurement 129
6 Redesigning Control Systems 155
7 Cutting Overheads: The Politics of Downsizing 194
8 Reinventing the Department of Defense 216
Notes 255
References 259
Name Index 283
Subject Index 289
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