In a video message released today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the Defense INVEST Program, which is designed to solicit ideas from DoD employees and service members on ways to reduce costs.
During a briefing held Aug. 9, Gates said he is looking for military and DoD civilian personnel to think outside the box on ways to reduce costs at the DoD. Specifically, he is soliciting ideas that will eliminate duplication of effort and overhead, ways to save resources and places where the layering of organizations can be reduced.
“Within the department, we are launching an online contest for the purpose of soliciting and rewarding creative ideas to save money and use resources more effectively,” he said. “I would encourage all DoD employees to visit ‘www.defense.gov’ on the Web to learn more.”