Academic journal article Military Review

Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future

Academic journal article Military Review

Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future

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Ashton B. Carter and John P. White, eds., MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001, 326 pages, $24.95.

Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future is a collection of essays published by the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Stanford Universities. Ashton B. Carter, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, and John P. White, former Deputy Secretary of Defense, edit this book, which presents solutions to some of the most pressing problems within the Department of Defense (DOD) and other agencies involved with national security. Specifically, the articles address the changes or reforms necessary to bring contracting, personnel policies, and managerial practices within DOD up to modern-day standards that "taxpayers have the right to expect of their government."

Former U.S. Army General John Shalikashvili recommends redesignating the Unified Transformation Command into the U.S. Logistics Command (LOGCOM) and assigning the Military Traffic Management Command, the Military Sealift Command, the Air Mobility Command, the Defense Logistics Agency, and the National Distribution Command (an expansion of the former Defense Distribution Center) within LOGCOM to provide warfighting commanders-in-chief with the focused, integrated global logistics they require. …

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