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Aligning the stars : improvements to general and flag officer management
Harrell, Margaret C.
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, 2004.
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xxiii, 106 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

"MR-1712-OSD"--p. [4] of cover.
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1430 Lexile.
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The Department of Defense (DoD) experiences a high turnover from its general and flag officers (G/FOs). A concern exists that simply lengthening the stay of senior officers will only clog the system, stagnating promotions throughout the entire officer corps. In response to this, RAND researchers analyzed the current system, reviewed literature on corporate management practices, and modeled different ways of managing G/FOs. In addition to proposing variations to the promotion model, the authors address the concerns expressed by those in DoD and Congress about implementing such changes.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Figuresp. ix
Tablesp. xiii
Summaryp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Abbreviationsp. xxiii
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 What Do General and Flag Officer Careers Look like in the Current Management System?p. 5
Chapter 3 A Framework to Analyze and Model the General and Flag Officer Management Systemp. 15
Chapter 4 Current General and Flag Officer Development in the Developing Job-Using Job Frameworkp. 23
Chapter 5 A Revised Management System: Effect on General and Flag Officer Development and Promotionp. 31
Chapter 6 Reactions to the Current System and Proposed Systemp. 51
Chapter 7 Conclusions and Recommendationsp. 57
Appendix A Detailed Analysis of Current Management of General and Flag Officersp. 63
Appendix B Modeled Policy Excursionsp. 85
Appendix C Modeling Results in Tabular Formp. 87
Appendix D Modeling Results in "flow" Formp. 93
Appendix E Compensation Observationsp. 101
Referencesp. 105