On September 15, 1998, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology directed the establishment of a Defense Science Board Task Force on Human Resources Strategy. He chartered the task force to review trends and opportunities to improve DoD's capacity “to attract and retain civilian and military personnel with the necessary motivation and intellectual capabilities” to serve and lead within the Department. The task force then asked the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI) for analytic support. Specifically, NDRI was asked to undertake two larger tasks: (1) to collect and analyze existing DoD data on presidential appointees with Senate confirmation and on political appointees who do not require Senate confirmation; and (2) to review the literature both on the appointees and on the appointment process, focusing on the deterrents that potential appointees may encounter. This report documents the results of this work, some of which was incorporated into the task force's final report, which was released in February 2000 by the Office of the. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
This research was conducted for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of RAND's National Defense Research Institute. NDRI is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Commands, and the defense agencies.