Overcoming “the Silo Effect” in the Department of Defense

August 2019 No Comments

Overcoming “the Silo Effect” in the Department of Defense

Author: Lyle, D. (Air Education and Training Command (AETC) and Air University)

Executive Summary

Different perspectives and operational goals across services allows for specialized expertise, but also creates a vulnerability for silo creation. At times, these silos can inhibit cooperation, limit mission effectiveness, and leave critical decision points inadequately addressed.  There is a need for more deliberate planning and operational execution that cuts across multiple services and perspectives in order to better balance requirements, more efficiently plan, and more holistically address national security challenges. This need applies not only to operational decisions but also in evaluating ongoing programs to determine their continued effectiveness.

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