Studies IN PROGRESS

The Board is tasked by the Department's Senior Leaders to examine topics of interest to the Department of Defense.  The Board assigns the task to one of its subcommittees to study the topic.  The subcommittee assumes the responsibility for conducting the study, developing recommendations, and providing an opportunity for deliberation by the entire Board and public prior to the finalization and delivery of the study to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Executive Analytics for Defense Business Operations Study

Enterprise-wide business reform is a key Department priority.  The Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a memorandum, "Creating Data Advantage," on May 5, 2021 with the intent to transform the DoD into a datacentric organization.  While encouraged by the progress made cataloging and ingesting data, the Department must continually evaluate industry best practices to determine how they might benefit the DoD.

On November 5, 2021, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued the terms of reference (ToR) and directed the DBB Business Transformation Advisory Subcommittee to examine how C-suite and business unit-head-level private industry leaders leverage enterprise-level data and analytics to inform decision-making and maximize the efficacy and effectiveness of their business operations.  

The Subcommittee's findings, observations, and recommendations will be presented to the full Board for thorough open discussion and deliberation in a noticed public meeting subject to the Government in the Sunshine Act. The Board will provide its final findings and recommendations to the Deputy Secretary of Defense no later than May 31, 2022. 

Subcommittee Membership: Linnie Haynesworth (Chair), David Beitel, Oscar Munoz, David Van Slyke, Joseph Votel, David Walker, Saf Yeboah-Amankwah

Terms of Reference (ToR):   Deputy Secretary of Defense ToR dated November 5, 2021

Reskilling and Upskilling Career DOD Civilians in New and Emerging Technologies Study

The Department of Defense (DoD or "the Department") has difficulty attracting, recruiting, and hiring for critical skill sets in emerging technologies. Compounding this challenge, the DoD struggles to identify and track the skill sets that it already has in its civilian workforce and to match them to the appropriate jobs. In order to be ready as the nature of conflict changes rapidly, the Department must improve its ability to identify and optimize its current talent and, where talent shortages persist, reskill and upskill its existing civilian workforce. 

On November 12, 2021, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued the terms of reference (ToR) and directed the DBB Talent Management, Culture, & Diversity Advisory Subcommittee, to examine from a private industry perspective the methodologies and approaches used to identify talent and match it to jobs, as well as reskilling/upskilling its civilian workforce.

The Subcommittee will submit its independent assessment and recommendations for attracting, retaining, and upskilling career DoD civilians to the full Board for its thorough consideration and deliberation at a properly noticed public meeting. The Board shall submit its final, approved assessment and recommendations to the Deputy Secretary of Defense not later than June 30, 2022. 

Subcommittee Membership: Larry Spencer (Chair), Deborah Lee James, Cheryl Eliano, Christopher Gopal, Jennifer McClure, Johnnie Wilson

Terms of Reference (ToR):  Deputy Secretary of Defense ToR dated November 12, 2021