October 9, 2015
The Department’s priorities and strategy has been set in the 2014 QDR, which calls for a smaller force with technological advantage while still protecting readiness. This strategy will be difficult in the current resource-constrained environment, where the Department must balance the key elements of modernization, readiness, and the technology base. One crucial factor is the relationship between readiness and modernization. As investments in modernization are deferred, the cost of readiness increases, sometimes resulting in a net loss. However, using proactive and highly integrated DMSMS practices, we can reverse this cycle. Better DMSMS management and investments can actually deliver increased readiness while freeing funds for modernization of critical systems, thus resulting in a net gain.