Task Group Studies IN PROGRESS

The Board is tasked by the Department's Senior Leaders to examine topics of interest to the Department of Defense.  When appropriate, the Board establishes a Task Group to study the topic of interest.  The Task Group 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 recommendations to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Mentor Protégé Program Assessment Study

Section 872(d) of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 (Public Law 116-92), signed by the President on December 20, 2019, requires the Secretary of Defense to direct the Defense Business Board to submit, no later than March 31, 2022, to the Congressional Defense Committees a report evaluating the effectiveness of the MPP established under section 831 of the NDAA for Fiscal Year 1991 (Public Law 101–510; 10 U.S.C. 2302 note).

On April 7, 2020, the DoD Chief Management Officer directed the Defense Business Board to conduct the study and present its findings, including recommendations for improving the program in terms of performance metrics, forms of assistance, and overall program effectiveness, to the Secretary of Defense.

On November 5, 2021, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued the terms of reference (ToR) and directed the DBB Business Operations Advisory Subcommittee conduct the study and provide its findings and recommendations to the full Board for its thorough consideration and deliberation at a properly noticed public meeting.  The Board was further directed to submit its assessment to the Deputy Secretary no later than February 28, 2022 for review prior to submission to the Congressional Defense Committees.

Task Group Membership:  Joseph Anderson (Chair), Sally DonnellyErin Hill

Terms of Reference (ToR)

  -  CMO Memorandum dated April 7, 2020

  -  Deputy Secretary of Defense ToR dated November 5, 2021


-  Task Group Update at DBB Quarterly Meeting - August 5, 2020

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. 

Task Group Membership: Linnie Haynesworth (Chair), David Beitel, Oscar Munoz, David Van Slyke, Joseph Votel, David Walker

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. 

Task Group 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