April 02, 2020

Let Them Work From Home

By Susanna V. Blume

Earlier this week Defense One reported that senior military service branch representatives requested a one-month delay in the submission of their annual budgets, arguing that it was endangering the workforce to require that they come in to the Pentagon amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist rejected their request and asked the services to come up with a different plan for formulating next year’s budget, a move that only keeps workers at their desks even longer.

Why can’t this work be done remotely? Why does anyone need to go to the Pentagon to work with unclassified data in this age of readily available cloud storage and commercially available video conferencing? Can’t the vast majority of this work be done from home, without endangering anyone?

Read the full article in Defense One.

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