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Release No: 155-95
March 28, 1995


Secretary of Defense William Perry addressed today 280 representatives at the DoD Reinvention Laboratory Conference being held to discuss the National Performance Review (NPR), Reinventing Government, the Defense Performance Review (DPR) strategy, and DoD's innovative Reinvention Labs.

"I am here today because the Defense Performance Review is one of my highest priorities as Secretary of Defense. I am behind the efforts to reinvent government 100 percent. It is critical that we earn back the public's trust; and that we take charge of the changes that need to be made at the Department. The readiness and effectiveness of our forces down the road depends on it," said Secretary Perry.

The objective of the conference is to help representatives improve the more than 70 DoD Reinvention Labs and other reinvention efforts through the transfer of new ideas and lessons learned. The conference will consist of two days of expert presentations and interactive panel discussion sessions.

A Reinvention Laboratory is an activity that addresses a DoD-wide system, or is a major activity that fosters excellency by integrating the four guiding principles of the NPR throughout its organization and by creating the culture of an entrepreneurial organization. The key NPR principles are:

. Cutting Back to Basics -- focusing on its core mission;

. Putting Customers First -- developing systems and people fully capable of providing world class, goods, and services;

. Cutting Red Tape-- removing restrictions that prevent optimal performance, and . Empowering Employees to Get Results -- achieving its full potential by unleashing innovation.

Another indication of DoD's commitment to the Reinvention Labs efforts is seen in the participation of the Service Chiefs, as well as Dr. Elaine Kamarck, senior policy advisor to the Vice President at the Reinvention Laboratory Conference.

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