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.

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  1. Did you ever find a comprehensive list?

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

      -The Angry Bureaucrat

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