PODCAST: Dr. Tim Kane’s Total Volunteer Force

Dr. Tim Kane pictured on the left, as  U.S. military personnel walk single file off of a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules on the right
Left: Dr. Tim Kane; Right: U.S. military personnel walk single file off of a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules

No other issue has the potential to fundamentally reform the military than optimizing the way the Pentagon manages the men and women in uniform. Yet little has been done to update a system which has roots deeply set in early industrial age concepts of management science from more than a century ago. Military personnel today are treated by the Pentagon’s bureaucracy as little more than interchangeable cogs in the machine. Dr. Tim Kane, an economist with the Hoover Institution, has written and spoken widely on the need to modernize the Pentagon’s personnel practices. He has recently published a report detailing his recommendations and the necessary steps to ensure the military has the most effective force possible.

Show Notes:

Total Volunteer Force: Lessons from the US Military on Leadership Culture and Talent Management

Bleeding Talent: The U.S. Military’s Leadership Breakdown

Tim Kane Biography

Pentagon's "Force of the Future" Report a Near Miss

*Music: “Without Limits” Ross Bugden*

Photo of Dan Grazier

By: Dan Grazier, Jack Shanahan Military Fellow

Dan Grazier is the Jack Shanahan Military Fellow at the Project On Government Oversight

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