Enhancing the Performance of Senior Department of Defense Civilian Executives, Reserve Component General/Flag Officers, and Senior Noncommissioned Officers in Joint Matters

Enhancing the Performance of Senior Department of Defense Civilian Executives, Reserve Component General/Flag Officers, and Senior Noncommissioned Officers in Joint Matters

ISBN-10:
0833045008
ISBN-13:
9780833045003
Pub. Date:
12/25/2008
Publisher:
RAND Corporation

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Enhancing the Performance of Senior Department of Defense Civilian Executives, Reserve Component General/Flag Officers, and Senior Noncommissioned Officers in Joint Matters

In recent years, U.S. joint military activities have seen higher participation rates by reserve component general and flag officers, senior civilians, and senior noncommissioned officers. This report examines the preparation of these personnel for participation in joint military activities and recommends courses of action to better prepare them for joint positions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780833045003
Publisher: RAND Corporation
Publication date: 12/25/2008
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 7.09(w) x 10.14(h) x 0.28(d)

Table of Contents

Preface iii

Figures and Table ix

Summary xi

Acknowledgments xv

Abbreviations xvii

Chapter One Introduction 1

Purpose of This Report 3

Organization of the Report 3

Chapter Two Research Methodology 5

Chapter Three Enhancing Career Senior Executive Service Members' Performance in Joint Matters 9

DoD Senior Executive Service Population 9

Competencies Needed for Success in Joint Matters 11

Most Competencies for Successful Performance in the Joint Arena Are Similar to Those for Nonjoint Positions 11

SES Members Working in Joint Matters Also Need a Joint Perspective and Joint Knowledge 12

Requisite Experiences, Education, and Training 13

What Potential SES Candidates Need in Mid-Career 13

What Is Needed After Selection into the Senior Executive Service 14

Systemic Obstacles and Impediments 15

Recommendations for Enhancing Senior Civilian Performance in Joint Matters 16

Senior Executive Service Management 16

Selections and Assignments 18

Education and Training 20

Initiatives to Produce More-Effective SES Members 21

Current Initiatives 21

Future Initiatives to Explore 24

Summary 25

Chapter Four Enhancing Reserve Component and General and Flag Officers' Performance in Joint Matters 27

Reserve Component General and Flag Officer Population 28

Competencies Needed for Success in Joint Matters 31

Reserve Component G/FOs Serving in Joint Billets Require the Same Competencies as Their Active-Duty Counterparts 31

Most Competencies for Successful Performance in the Joint Arena Are Similar to Those for Nonjoint Positions 31

General and Flag Officers Serving in Joint Billets Also Need Uniquely Joint Competencies 32

RC Civilian Skills May AlsoContribute to Success in Joint Matters 33

Requisite Experiences and Education 34

Current Field-Grade Assignments/Education Do Not Adequately Prepare RC Officers for Joint G/FO Responsibilities 34

What RC G/FOs Need Before Being Promoted to G/FO 34

What Is Needed upon Promotion to RC General or Flag Officer 35

Systemic Obstacles and Impediments 36

Lack of Sufficient In-Residence AC/RC-Integrated JPME Slots for Potential RC G/FOs 36

Inadequately Integrated AC and RC Training 37

Lack of an RC Personnel Management System 37

State Boundary Constraints 38

Active Component "Distrust" 38

Recommendations for Enhancing General and Flag Officers' Performance in Joint Matters 38

Joint Education and Training 39

Joint Assignments 41

Overall RC Joint Career Management 42

Initiatives to Enhance Performance of Reserve Component Officers in Joint Matters 44

Current Initiatives 45

Areas Warranting Additional Initiatives 48

Summary 49

Chapter Five Enhancing Senior Noncommissioned Officers' Performance in Joint Matters 51

Joint Senior Noncommissioned Officer Population 52

SNCO Competencies Needed for Success in Joint Matters 53

SKAs Needed for Successful Performance 54

Additional SKAs Needed by Senior NCOs in Joint Positions 54

Requisite Experiences, Education, and Training 55

Systemic Obstacles and Impediments 55

Education and Training 56

Developmental Assignments 56

Overall Career Management 56

Recommendation for Enhancing Senior NCO Performance in Joint Matters 57

Joint Education and Training 57

Joint Assignments 60

Joint Career Management 61

Summary 62

Chapter Six Observations and Recommendations 63

Observations 63

Suggested Actions 64

Appendixes

A Protocols for the First Series of Interviews 67

B Protocols for the Second Series of Interviews or Focus Groups 73

References 81

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