Total Volunteer Force
Total Volunteer Force

Total Volunteer Force

Lessons from the US Military on Leadership Culture and Talent Management


240 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback, ebook: PDF, ebook: EPUB, Mobipocket

Paperback, $21.95 (US $21.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: July 2017

ISBN 9780817920753


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Tim Kane analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the US armed forces leadership culture and personnel management. He proposes a blueprint for reform that empowers troops as well as local commanders. Kane's proposals extend the All-Volunteer Force reforms of 1973 further along the spectrum of volunteerism, emphasize greater individual agency during all stages of a US military career, and restore diversity among the services. The Leader/Talent Matrix–an analytic framework Kane develops in the book–offers a multidimensional view of an organization's personnel practices. A survey of hundreds of veterans and active-duty troops reveals world-class strengths in the US armed forces leadership culture but a wide array of weaknesses in talent management. The Total Volunteer Force returns autonomy to the army, navy, air force, and Marine Corps. Kane offers an array of reforms to improve performance evaluations, create a talent market for job-matching, and revolutionize compensation to better reward merit and skill.


"Tim Kane has thought about this issue and has provided us with a blueprint of how our volunteer forces can be improved."—from the foreword by George P. Shultz

Author Biography

Tim Kane is the JP Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Since 2013 he has served as the editor of Peregrine, an online journal devoted to US immigration policy. In addition to senior research roles at the Hudson Institute, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Heritage Foundation, Kane has served twice as a senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress. Kane has published scholarly research on immigration policy, national security, entrepreneurship, and economic growth. Dozens of media outlets have cited his research, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. He has provided commentary for ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX News, National Public Radio, WSJ Opinion Journal, and Bloomberg TV. In the late 1990s, Kane co-founded multiple software firms in San Diego. His start-up received venture funding and was awarded the Software Start-up of the Year in 1999.