In June 2001, the Secretary of Defense established the Department
of Defense Business Initiatives Council (DoD BIC). The DoD BIC’s
goal is to improve business operations and processes by identifying
and implementing initiatives that expand capabilities, improve efficiency
and effectiveness, and create resource savings in time, money, or
The Army has aggressively explored ways to improve its internal
business practices, and has established The Army BIC (ABIC), under
the leadership of the Secretary and the G-8. Effective November
13, 2002, the Secretary of the Army has approved a total of 35 initiatives
under the ABIC. Subsequently, The Army submitted a number of the
initiatives through the formal DoD BIC process for implementation
across the Services and other DoD activities. The BIC process has
helped to create a culture of innovation and inter-service cooperation.
The superb level of cooperation across the military departments,
the Joint Staff and OSD has made this possible.