Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced Nov. 26 the establishment of the Office of Force Transformation within the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the appointment of retired Navy Vice Adm. Arthur Cebrowski as its director.
Cebrowski will report directly to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense.
In the Quadrennial Defense Review and Defense Planning Guidance, Rumsfeld called for establishment of the office as part of President George W. Bush�s broad mandate to transform the Defense Department. This transformation process challenges the organizational status quo with a new architecture for American defense to ensure an overwhelming and continuing competitive advantage for America�s military for decades to come.
"Art Cebrowski is the perfect guy to promote and analyze our transformation efforts," said Rumsfeld. "I chose him for his broad military experience, his strong credentials in joint operations and information technology, and his grasp of the cultural and technical issues involved in transformation."
Cebrowski has been called the "father of network-centric warfare," one of the centerpieces of the department�s transformation planning. He retired from the Navy in October 2001 after serving as president of the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
Cebrowski was the keynote speaker at the 1995 Signal symposium. At that time he was director of command, control, communications and computers (J-6), Joint Staff. He spoke on the progress of joint Force XXI programs.
Cebrowski will lead the effort in evaluating the transformation activities of each of the military departments. He will recommend steps needed to integrate them into other ongoing transformation activities. He will also monitor ongoing experimentation programs encompassing activities involving risk management and associated metrics. These efforts will link transformation to the broad elements of national and departmental strategy.
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