A near-constant reform effort has been underway at the world’s largest bureaucracy for the past two decades. The Department of Defense (DoD) is under the microscope constantly. Its four-thousand-page annual policy and oversight bill has been enacted into law every year for over a half century, unique among all federal agencies. Beyond the defense authorization act, however, have been numerous other internal and external change efforts— ranging from “Better Buying Power” and the Levin-McCain Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 to “Night Court” and the efficiency drills run by former secretary of defense Robert Gates. There is no shortage of constant churn to improve how the Pentagon does business. What there is a shortage of, however, is lasting results.


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