Financial management in a joint field environment
Murphy, Steven B.
Clark, Derrick L.
Jones, Lawrence R.
Summers, Donald E.
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This MBA professional report highlights the FM challenges that comptroller's encounter in the joint field environment, identifies sources of payment inefficiencies and recommends solutions to reduce those inefficiencies, thus addressing the issue of improving foreign contract payments by comptrollers in the field. Problem disbursements during Operation Desert Storm yielded $54 million dollars in mismanaged funds for the U.S. Army alone. With the continued emphasis on joint operations, the comptroller must effectively manage funds obligated to various Department of Defense (DoD) activities. The research involved in this endeavor includes doctrine and policy review, interviews with various DoD comptrollers and a case study of exercise Cobra Gold 2002 budget execution and contractual payments at the joint organization level. Cobra Gold is an excellent example of a large-scale joint and combined operation in a foreign country; it provides a great opportunity to analyze the research question. This professional report concludes that field comptrollers cannot adequately meet fiscal responsibilities without comparable garrison IT connectivity and recommends that all of the U.S. services procure systems that are fully interoperable to best support the warfighter. This report is primarily intended for field comptrollers with limited joint field experience to make them aware of the uniqueness that exists in joint operations.
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