Further, it is important to discuss the missions of these organizations and how well the
existing structure works.
The primary research question is intentionally posed to require an affirmative or
negative answer. If, after examining related research in this area, the DoD strategic
organizational structure is sufficient to meet today’s (and tomorrow’s) WMD challenges
at home and abroad then there is no problem at all. The Defense Department should
therefore be given high marks for preparing well to meet an increasingly dangerous
threat. If the answer is in the negative then there is a problem that must be addressed
quickly. One should logically look for a proposed alternative to the current structure.
Such a recommendation is outside the scope of this study and would be suggested as a
topic for follow-on research.
In support of the primary question the following subordinate questions must be
1. What are the primary WMD threats to the military forces or homeland of the
2. How is DoD currently structured to address these threats at the tactical,
operational, and strategic levels?
3. What is functional and dysfunctional or efficient and inefficient about the
current organizational structure at the strategic level?
4. If the current DoD structure at the strategic level is not optimal to meet the
threat, why is that so?