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Installation Leadership Forum. Dr. Craig College, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, Department of Army . August 7, 2012. The Fiscal Driver. The Defense Budget Over Time.

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Installation leadership forum

Installation Leadership Forum

Dr. Craig College, Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, Department of Army

August 7, 2012

The fiscal driver

The Fiscal Driver

The defense budget over time

The Defense Budget Over Time

  • Discretionary spending is ~35% of total federal budget – Defense budget is ~50% of discretionary spending

  • Increasing emphasis on reducing spending/deficit – Congress and the Administration

    • Historically, funding levels have decreased as military demand decreases

Height of


War (1968)

Height of

Cold War


Korean War

Armistice (1953)




Gulf War

Ends (1991)

Vietnam War

Ends (1973)


BCA impact


The army budget

The Army Budget

Efficiencies at an installation near you

Efficiencies at an Installation Near You

  • Personnel Reductions

    • FY11: Eliminated 2,620 Temporary and Term Employees

    • FY12: Further reductions of Department of the Army Civilians

  • HQDA Re-design

    • Eliminated National Capital Region Division

    • Eliminated 2-Star FMWRC and merged into IMCOM HQs

    • Reduced Regions from 7 to 4

  • Budget Cuts

    • Reduced reliance on contractors and implemented quarterly efficiency reviews of contracts

    • Reduced Conferences and Travel

    • MILCON transfer to SRM

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Organizational Theory


“No head, cut off an arm, and it grows into a new starfish”


“Cut off the head and it dies”

  • Hierarchal

  • Chain of command

  • Centralized

  • No defined leader (catalyst)

  • Devoid of chain of command (circles)

  • Decentralized

  • Open system

  • Standing on five legs

  • Passion and enthusiasm

Building Spider and Starfish Collaboration and Partnerships

The most affordable future for military installations and their surrounding communities is to create partnerships in far greater numbers that feed off each other’s strengths and economize on our weaknesses to survive the coming economic challenge. These approaches must become routine and pervasive and the Community Covenant is one such effort.

Concept taken from : The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Leadership by OriBrafman and Rod Beckstrom

Ndaa legislative language

NDAA Legislative Language

  • SEC. 331. Intergovernmental Support Agreements with State and Local governments.

    • “Secretary of the Military department concerned may enter into an intergovernmental support agreement with a state or local government to provide, receive, or share installation-support services …”

    • Allows for mutually beneficial partnerships

    • Reduces costs/spreading

    • Enhances partnerships, strengthening bonds

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Army Community Covenant

Where We Are Today

  • More than 700 Community Covenants signed in all states, 3 territories, the District of Columbia and OCONUS communities in Europe and Korea

  • Communities embracing the Covenant as a platform to build collaborative, coordinated local support

  • Community Covenant partners include National Guard, Reserve, Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army, Army OneSource Community Support Coordinators, and Recruiters. Partners continue to inspire Community Covenant commitments

  • Communities continue to heed the call and take the Community Covenant beyond the signing ceremony and build tangible, innovative local support

Community Covenant beyond the signing ceremony

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