Brewfan actually read my post on small unit organization. We’ll get around to the higher levels eventually, but he comments on the difference between an accountable chain of command and some business orgs.
Interesting post. As an organizational structure this has passed the test of time. While my time in the Army was brief (3yrs RA, 3years (active) ER) I struggle with all of the experimenting with organizational structure that goes on in the corporate world. My last non-consulting job was with a company that bragged it had a ‘matrix’ organizational structure. To me all that meant was the manager(s) claimed all the successes and the matrix absorbed all the blame for failed endeavors.
This got me thinking about the changes in the services staffs at the Pentagon level. Prior to the creation of the Department of Defense in 1947, the staffs were organized much like a battalion staff on steriods. Since then we’ve seen a gradual shift to a more business-like model, with a blur between the DOD and each of the services. We’ve also seen procurement* become a nightmare that is almost impossible to understand, much less make work. I wonder if there is any relationship there.
* Army FCS, Navy LCS & DDG-1000, AirForce KC-X, you name it.