The Department of Defense (DoD) is facing a monumental challenge. After a decade of dramatic growth, the Department has entered a new era marked by declining budgets and continuing missions abroad. Congress has asked DoD to remain capable of addressing a range of threats, while at the same time significantly reducing its top-line expenditures. This challenge has contributed to DoD increasing its emphasis on program affordability; a concept outlined in former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD/AT&L) Ashton Carter’s 2010 memo on Better Buying Power (BBP)1, which is due to be formally updated in January 2013 in the form of current USD/AT&L Frank Kendall’s BBP 2.0.2
In the latest edition of The European, Avascent’s Christina Balis considers the future of the transatlantic security relationship in the aftermath of the US elections. While many in Europe may have welcomed President Obama’s reelection, the President’s emphasis on Asia combined with Europe’s eroding military capabilities pose a long-term challenge to the continued relevance of the US-European security partnership. Without real reform and commitment, Europeans are likely to find themselves increasing irrelevant to America’s global security agenda.
Leaders of all organizations – companies, government agencies and non-profits – must constantly decide when and how to adapt their organizations to shifting environments. External market changes, as well as internal developments, can render legacy organizational structures, processes, and norms progressively less effective. Too many times, the first responses to these challenges are ad hoc tweaks, or conversely, major reorganizations. Avascent’s Balanced Organization approach offers a structured, effective way for change-ready leaders to think about when and how to readily adapt their organizations to meet evolving challenges.
Avascent’s Aleksandar Jovovic writes in National Defense magazine observes that recent years have witnessed joint defense procurement initiatives, extending beyond NATO to include countries such as India. However, growth in collaborative defense projects has remained modest, hampered by the same decades-old challenges. Bearing in mind the defense spending outlook across the alliance, U.S. and European firms have little choice but to position for additional joint development and procurement efforts. While opportunities are unlikely to be huge and despite the added challenges of multiple stakeholders, shifting needs and competing technical requirements, some moderate- to large-scale efforts are unlikely to move forward without bilateral or multilateral funding in the coming years.
Despite a growing sense of crisis, water remains a precious commodity few talk about. But this silence is not indicative of a lack of business opportunity—quite the contrary. Technology, engineering, and utility firms worldwide are getting their feet wet literally, working in close coordination with governments and development organizations to provide clean and safe access …