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Release No: 035-97
January 24, 1997

DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD RELEASES REPORT ON "ACHIEVING AN INNOVATIVE SUPPORT STRUCTURE FOR 21ST CENTURY MILITARY SUPERIORITY

The Defense Science Board today released its 1996 Summer Study Task Force report on Achieving an Innovative Support Structure for 21st Century Military Superiority.

The task force presents a new vision for support to military forces in the 21st century. This vision foresees the Department of Defense operating only those support elements that are inherently governmental--warfighting (and other military operations), battlefield support, policy and decision making, and oversight. All other functions would be provided by the competitive, private sector--utilizing best practices.

Thus the Defense Science Board has recommended the dramatic restructuring of DoD support, utilizing modern information technology and management principles, and maximizing the use of the competitive private sector. It also recommends creating a new planning and budgeting process to institutionalize incentives for aligning resources with requirements.

The report concludes that such recommendations could result in the shift of up to $30 billion per year from support to modernization/force requirements by the year 2002.

The Department of Defense will review these recommendations in conjunction with ongoing deliberations of the Quadrennial Defense Review.

The Defense Science Board is the senior advisory body of the Department of Defense. It is composed of members appointed from the private sector. The board advises the secretary of Defense, the deputy secretary of Defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition and Technology) on scientific, technical, manufacturing and other matters of special importance to the Department of Defense.