Sunday, January 23, 2011

U.S. Military Bases: If You Can't Measure Them, You Can't Manage Them

Ever since the rise of data-driven decision-making, the statement "if you can't measure it, you can't manage it" (or, alternatively, "control it") has become a management truism. Given the military's traditional penchant for control, I was more than a little surprised to find out that no one person seems to know exactly how many U.S. military bases there are.

Seriously, people? No one keeps an Excel spreadsheet, a notebook, a legal pad, index cards, nothing with an exhaustive list of U.S. military base assets? Good luck managing all those bases, then, if you can't even find them all.


  1. Did you ever find a comprehensive list?

    1. I certainly didn't - I don't know if the Pentagon ever found out how many bases there are.

      -The Angry Bureaucrat