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Book Defense management reform : how to make the Pentagon work better and cost less / Peter Levine.
Publication year: 
Call Number UA23 .L489 2020
Media class: Book
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9781503610460 1503610462 9781503611849 1503611841
Extent: x, 337 pages ; 23 cm
Total number of loans: 3
Loans this year: 3
Number of reservations: 0
"This book addresses why, despite decades of attempted reform, the Pentagon continues to struggle to reduce waste and inefficiency. Peter Levine narrates the history of attempted reforms through three case studies in civilian personnel, acquisition, and financial management in the Department of Defense. The result is a clear understanding of what went wrong in the past and a set of concrete guidelines to plot a better future."--
Introduction: The problem of defense management. Finding a targeted solution to the right set of problems ; Getting the initiative approved ; Getting the initiative implemented on a lasting basis ; The case studies -- 1. Civilian personnel reform at the Department of Defense. The Civil Service demonstration projects ; The enactment of NSPS legislation ; The implementation of NSPS ; The NSPS pay-for-performance system ; Labor relations and the collapse of the NSPS ; The road forward -- 2. Lessons from the never-ending search for acquisition reform. The need for acquisition reform ; 1981-1982: the Carlucci initiatives ; 1983-1985: the era of waste, fraud, and abuse ; 1986-1992: the Packard Commission ; 1993-2004: reinventing government ; 2007-2014: the WSARA era ; Assessment ; The road forward -- 3. Auditing the Pentagon. The road to the CFO Act and the goal of a clean audit ; The 1990s: the Bush I and Clinton administrations ; The 2000s: the Bush II and Obama administrations ; Assessment -- Afterword.