30 Jul '12, 10am

Moving the needle of Pentagon reform

If the Pentagon Establishment wants to spike a requirement they say they will “study” an issue even when they do not plan to study it, and they publish no timeline for when it will be completed. They assassinate the character and the career of their opponents with whispering campaigns, or get them reassigned to remote bases. They obfuscate descriptions of toolsets, technologies, and programs. They invent new excuses for their decisions after-the-fact. They play a game I named “Race to the General” with good-sounding talking points leavened with their internal warp, presenting musclebound opinion as fact. They use a technique I named “Backpressure,” using liaisons and allies assigned to deployed staffs to delay urgent requirements that they oppose. One quick example: in late 2006, several requirements were being held-up at MNC-I due to Backpressure. The Chief of Staff of CE...

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