By Christopher Paul
Over the previous decade, specifically, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) intelligence has needed to tailor its association to satisfy the evolving calls for of the operational setting. This has ended in a few advert hoc preparations, practices, and enterprises. A wide evaluation of the organizational layout of USMC intelligence tested easy methods to align it successfully and successfully with present and destiny missions and functions.
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1 There is another factor that plays into this authorization grade distribution: the actual grade makeup of the inventory of intelligence officers. Because there has been recent growth in the number of officers, and due to the closed nature of the military personnel system, the inventory of intelligence officers is more junior than that of other occupations. 3). Moreover, intelligence officers have, on average, less experience at the grade of O-3 than their counterparts. 3 3 This is an assumption based on experience with other closed-entry systems in which it takes time for new additions of large numbers of junior personnel to move through the system and gain experience in grade.
We coded the transcripts from the 65 interview sessions, comprising 120 individual interview respondents. We derived 24 codes from our review of the organizational literature that informed our interview questions and from themes that emerged in interviewees’ responses. The substantive codes included the following: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • agility authority/grade/rank bureaucracy career progression combat operations (relationship with) competitive advantage culture enterprise financial resources/budget information and communication technology and tools innovation intra- and interorganizational relationships knowledge management location of intelligence organizations (geographic location) manpower and staffing mission/strategy/planning organizational structure peacetime and in-garrison activities personality 14 Alert and Ready: An Organizational Design Assessment of USMC Intelligence • • • • • reachback and reachforward standards training value of intelligence (how intelligence is perceived by others) other.
In this chapter, we discuss each of these areas in turn. Literature on Organizational Design To develop a framework to assess the organizational baseline of USMC intelligence and to evaluate alternative courses of action and identify issues of concern, we scoured the existing literature on organizations. The sources we reviewed are listed in Appendix A. Using both formal academic organizational theory sources and concepts in the broader business literature, we identified a host of models, schemes, frameworks, and approaches with which to study organizations.
Alert and Ready: An Organizational Design Assessment of Marine Corps intelligence by Christopher Paul