Improving the DoD's Tooth-to-Tail Ratio

Report Number: UMD-AM-14-007

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Tooth-to-Tail

Report Series: Sponsored Report

Authors: Jacques S. Gansler, William Lucyshyn

Title: Improving the DoD's Tooth-to-Tail Ratio

Published: 2014-03-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

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Keywords: defense budget, manpower, military personnel, cost, military force


It is projected that the Department of Defense (DoD) will see a funding reduction of $487 billion
over the next 10 years (Office of Management and Budget [OMB], 2013). In order to stay within
budget, the DoD plans to implement targeted reductions in force structure, reprioritize key
missions and the requirements that support them, promote efficiency improvements in
acquisition, and continue to reform other business practices.
However, these efforts, at least in their current form, will prove insufficient. The Congressional
Budget Office (CBO) asserts that the DoD