US DoD to work on organisational and structural reforms


US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has requested that the Department of Defense (DoD) introduce new reforms to enhance its organisational efficiency.

The DoD is currently focused on establishing cross-functional teams to increase mission effectiveness.

Mattis has directed the department to reform the functions of the chief management officer, as well as optimise information management and cyber operations.

DoD spokesman Navy captain Jeff Davis said: “This guidance is in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2017, and it highlights our commitment toward improving business operations through efficiencies and ensuring we fully fund the most pressing readiness and modernisation activities.”

"To achieve greater departmental efficiency and savings, we must now pursue cross-enterprise consolidation of business activities."

The DoD will also focus on removing the office of the undersecretary of defence for acquisitions, technology and logistics.

Mattis said: “We have sometimes allowed our focus on service uniqueness to extend into business operations, leading to duplication of effort and costs we can no longer afford.

"To achieve greater departmental efficiency and savings, we must now pursue cross-enterprise consolidation of business activities.”

Additionally, the DoD will review its core business functions to make those operations more efficient.

The memorandum calls on the DoD to develop plans to establish undersecretaries of defence for research and engineering and acquisition and support.

The DoD will work to improve or develop alternative organisational structures for the department’s chief management officer, as well as streamline business services and tasks that are replicated across service lines.