It is not, in the end, about business practices, nor is it the goal to improve figures on the bottom line. It's about the security of the United States of America. And let there be no mistake, it is a matter of life and death. Our job is defending America, and if we cannot change the way we do business then we cannot do our job well, and we must.
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
Business Transformation Agency (BTA)
On October 7, 2005, the BTA was established and is located in the Pentagon. Program resources and personnel will be transferred to the new agency by the end of November. Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England , established the agency which will focus on advancing defense-wide business transformation.
- The result will centralize management of eighteen of the DOD's business programs, systems and initiatives, including the Pentagon's e-mail system, the Defense Travel System, the Acquisition Spend Analysis Service and the Defense Acquisition Management Information Retrieval program, among others.
- By consolidating, coordinating, and integrating the Department of Defense (DoD) business transformation activities, the BTA is expected to provide consistency in DoD's business transformation efforts, minimize redundancies in its business systems.
- Army Major General Carlos "Butch" Pair has been selected to serve as business systems acquisition executive, managing all projects that extend across the military services. Defense Deputy Undersecretary for Business Transformation Paul Brinkley and Defense Deputy Undersecretary for Financial Management Thomas Modly will continue to lead the BTA overall until a director is appointed.
Defense business transformation is being driven by a series of strategic objectives, each of which illustrates a different aspect of the overall transformation challenge. These objectives help shape our priorities and serve as checkpoints around which to assess the efficacy of our transformation efforts. Here are some objectives:
- Support for Joint Warfighting Capability
- Better Information for Strategic Resourcing Decisions
- Reduced Cost of Business Operations
- Improved Stewardship to the American People
Joe Nemechek qualified 27th and finished 18th in Sunday's NASCAR event in Atlanta. As a result of the finish he dropped two spots to 15th in the latest point standings, 89 points from 11th place.
Next weekend also marks the final event of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series in Pomona, CA.
Race: Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Driver: Joe Nemechek
Qualified: 27 Finished: 18 Rank: 15 (dropped two spots)
Next race: November 6, Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway
Race: No race this weekend
Driver: Tony Schumacher
Rank: 1 (2005 Top Fuel Champion)
Next Race: November 3 - 6, Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, CA