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Edition: Tue, July 11, 2006
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Our goal for our country is to have as many countries cooperating in the global war on terror and providing as many types of cooperation as they feel comfortable providing."

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld during his visit to Tajikistan, July 10, 2006.

TODAY'S FOCUS

2006 Game Plan - Business Transformation

Our approach to business transformation is holistic - combining continuous process improvement, organizational analysis and design, and situational awareness. Combining these methodologies will produce increased effectiveness and greater efficiency.

We will focus our business transformation by identifying processes for improvement. In an iterative manner, we will combine optimum organizational structure with process improvements until we identify the most effective and efficient arrangement. We will then integrate the solution into our Army.

This approach includes a:
- Robust performance measurement system to establish baseline performance and monitor results oriented improvements;
- Risk management process that identifies and mitigates risks to successful transformation; and,
- Change management process to ensure that business transformation is not just a temporary program, but rather a firmly rooted aspect of Army culture.

Through professional development, we will enhance the business acumen of our military and civilian leaders. The desired effects of our business transformation are to:

- Change how the Army does business;
- Create a culture that drives costs down versus driving budgets up; "Defending the Nation is more important than defending the budget";
- Foster a sustained commitment to continuous improvement;
- Maximize return on taxpayer dollars;
- Realize significant reductions in cost and cycle time;
- Achieve quality improvements; and,
- Promote acceptance of "what gets measured gets done."

Successful business transformation is essential to our long-term health because it will identify resources that we can divert and apply to the warfighter. We deployed continuous process improvement using the Lean Six Sigma methodology in late 2005. The first results will be due by the end of 2006.

See the 2006 Game Plan for more information.

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