DOD Office of Transformation to shutter

The Pentagon's Office of Force Transformation, created in 2001 as a think tank agency to shepherd how the services and agencies thought about transforming, will officially shut down Oct. 1.

The mission areas of OFT, however, will not go away. Instead, they will be divided into two parts and spread out across the Defense Department. The analysis and studies portions will go to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, while the initiatives part will fall under a new office to be headed by John Young, deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and technology, officials said.

Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld established OFT after the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review. Prior to news of the disestablishment, the office reported directly to Rumsfeld and to Gordon England, deputy Defense secretary.

Rumsfeld named Vice Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski as OFT's first transformation chief. Cebrowski, who is widely credited for coining the term 'network-centric warfare,' died last year. Since that time, Terry Pudas has served as the acting director.

Some of the key projects OFT pushed were Stiletto, a high-speed, high-tech, carbon-reinforced ship designed to support surveillance and reconnaissance in high-risk areas, as well as the Sense and Respond Logistics Concept.

Stiletto is an experimental vessel that can be outfitted with the latest sensor and communications connectivity to keep special operations forces updated with the latest information. Sense and Respond is a logistics framework aimed at better tracking the movement of supplies on the battlefield.

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