President Bush and Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld advocate transforming the military to meet current and future threats, while changing its culture to reward new thinking, innovation, and experimentation. Many organizational changes and reserve component integration issues have, and will continue to take place. I believe our military has a significant opportunity to become a more capable, ready, and joint force by undertaking an organizational and personnel transformation in an area not currently being addressed.
While considerable focus is being given to the various warfare organizations in all branches of the military, the staff support structures are in need of a comprehensive review to determine the most cost-effective and efficient organization.
Have you recently dealt with the medical, dental, or legal departments of your supporting command? Was the doctor or dentist you saw a Navy commander, civilian contractor, or an Army reservist on a two-week active duty period? Hard to tell when they are in scrubs or a white coat. How about the lawyer who updated your will or the priest who conducted communion?