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Public Management and Performance-Based Logistics in the U.S. Department of Defense

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Lewis, Ira
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2005
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A central concept in the evolution of public management has been an intentional blurring of the distinctions between the public and private sectors. In the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) initiative, launched in 2001, is intended to create a “level playing field” where in-house or contracted organizations are selected for logistics support of a given commodity or weapon system based on performance rather than the nature of the source. This article provides a preliminary discussion of PBL initiatives and assesses the extent to which they appear to be representative of a significant adoption of public management principles by DOD leaders. This review found that while individual DOD organizations have experienced successes and significant lessons learned with PBL, there are significant areas where policy direction remains contradictory and embryonic.
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Graduate School of Business & Public Policy (GSBPP)
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International Public Management Review, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2005.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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