Governance, Management, Command, Leadership: Setting the Context for Studies of Defence Management

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Defence Management: An Introduction, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Geneva, p.15-43 (2009)




<p>This chapter provides an explanation of what is defence governance, how it differentiates from management and command and what is the role of strategic leadership. On that basis, we identify the areas of defence institutions that could be strongly enhanced through adoption of modern business practices. As a result, the value of defence management is explained vis-à-vis traditional military bureaucratic or command approaches. The chapter does not preach a particular model of defence management. Instead, it sets the context for detailed examination of the key defence management issues in following chapters. The themes and issues presented here are based on data and observations in countries creating, reforming, or transforming their defence institutions and, without detailed elaboration, illustrate main points to be considered by those involved in arguing, planning, designing and implementing defence institution-building activities. Thus, it provides orientation to policy makers who want to learn how a defence institution could be developed as an effective and democratic pillar of national and international security, producing adequate defence at a socially acceptable cost.</p><p><span style="font-family: tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="color: black;" lang="EN-GB"><a href="/compendum/defence-management-introduction" title="Back to the book content">Back to the book content</a></span></span></p>