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Army to revamp Army management, structure

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The Army plans to create a new commission to seek out ways to make the Army a more “agile, cost-effective organization.”

Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced the plans for the panel, dubbed the Institutional Army Transformation Commission, during a morning town hall forum with Army Senior Executive Service members on Aug. 15.

McHugh noted that while the deployed “operational” Army has experienced dramatic change throughout the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the “institutional” portion of the Army that provides those deployed troops with preparation, training and support has remained structurally the same, for the most part, since the 1970s.

Alluding to efforts produced by a short-term task force launched earlier this year to examine the Army’s organizations and business practices, McHugh said that while he was “encouraged” by the task force’s work so far, “the simple fact is that large-scale institutional transformation takes years to mature before agile, cost-effective organizations emerge.”

“This [new] commission will implement changes already identified through the short-term task force, assess and identify new opportunities, and continue to function for the next three years,” McHugh said. “This longer term, more enduring approach is historically and practically necessary and will help make continuous transformation a part of Army culture,” he added.

“We’re not just asking people to change the way they budget, we’re asking them to change the way they think,” he said.

To see more, go to: www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=14734.

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