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The Business Transformation Agency (BTA) is an organization of the United States Department of Defensemarker (DoD) responsible for guiding the Department’s business operations modernization.Founded in October 2005, the agency fosters business operations support for the American warfighter and seeks to provide accountability to the American taxpayer by systematically improving DoD’s business processes, ERP systems and investment governance. To accomplish the goal of providing consistency, consolidation and coordination across the Department of Defense, the BTA produced the Enterprise Transition Plan (ETP) -- an integrated and executable roadmap that observes the standards laid out in the Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA). The ETP and the BEA enable the Department to transform business operations to achieve improved warfighter support while enabling financial accountability across the Department of Defense.

Business Transformation

In the last decades of the 20th century, the Department of Defense business model was configured to support a military dependent on large-scale weapons systems and prepared for sustained, predictable battlefield engagements in specific parts of the world. With the challenges that face the US military in the 21st century, the DoD seeks to allow the defense business enterprise to adapt, flex and react effectively to the needs of its modern joint warfighter.Transformation seeks to make DoD business operations more agile, lean and rapid. The Department calls its approach to this “federated” – meaning that uniformed and civilian leadership at all levels in the DoD are accountable for transformation progress.This effort is structured to support four strategic objectives:

  • Develop and provide support for US joint warfighting capability
  • Enable rapid access to information for strategic decisions by fostering the development of interoperable and efficient ERP systems
  • Reduce the cost of Defense Business operations
  • Improve financial stewardship to the American people
The Defense Business Systems Management Committee, chaired by the Deputy Secretary of Defense, leads the Transformation endeavor. The BTA serves as a catalyst for transformation by coordinating and integrating transformation activity at the DoD enterprise level.


The BTA is divided into 8 directorates organized around the functions of supporting defense business transformation. Overseeing these directorates is Director David M. Fisher, author of Optimize Now (or else!) (ISBN 0-595-29837-0), a guide to successful organizational transformation.

Defense Business Systems Acquisition Executive

The DBSAE provides direct oversight of 27 DoD-wide ERP programs. Notable among these programs are the Defense Travel System (DTS), the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS) and the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).

Enterprise Integration

EI works to ensure fast adoption of DoD-wide information and process standards as defined in the BEA. They seek to eliminate burdensome processes that hinder successful, speedy deployment of ERP capabilities within the DoD components.

Enterprise Planning and Investment

EP&I provides investment management leadership for DoD Enterprise-level business systems. It coordinates the efforts of DoD's acquisition policy as outlined in the DoD 5000 series pertaining to business systems. The Directorate also provides input for the Quadrennial Defense Review. EP&I is responsible for the Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA), the Enterprise Transition Plan (ETP) and the March Congressional Report (MCR). EP&I is the result of a merger of the former directorates Transformation Priorities & Requirements and Investment Management.

Priorities & Requirements – Financial Management

P&R-FM is the primary link to the Principal Staff Assistants within the Office of the Secretary of Defense and other DoD-level organizations; in particular the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) and OSD (Comptroller). They ensure that the financial visibility priorities and requirements of these client organizations are reflected in the BEA and ETP, and in the guidance for business system investment management.

Priorities & Requirements – Human Resource Management

P&R-HRM is the primary link to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) regarding all human resource management related transformation activities. They align functional priorities and requirements of these client organizations in the BEA and ETP, and in the guidance for business system investment management.

Priorities & Requirements – Supply Chain Management

P&R-SCM serves as the primary link to the Principal Staff Assistants within the Office of the Secretary of Defense and other DoD-level organizations as they relate to Supply Chain Management. They ensure that functional priorities Material Visibility, Common Supplier Engagement, Acquisition Visibility, and Real Property Accountability are reflected in the BEA and the ETP, and in the guidance for business system investment management.

Warfighter Requirements

WR identifies and resolves urgent DoD business issues that are directly affecting the warfighter. The WR also serves as an advocate for the warfighter within the BTA. WR projects include economic roundtables that bring together organizations responsible for middle east economic redevelopment with warfighters who are about to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. These roundtables establish a working relationship that can be continued once the warfighters are deployed.

Chief of Staff

The office of the Chief of Staff provides operational support for the employees at the BTA. This includes sections managing personnel, pay, planning, budgeting, infrastructure, IT and internal management activities.


The Business Transformation Agency was established by Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England on October 7, 2005. The founding executives of the BTA were Co-Directors--Thomas Modly, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Financial Management, and Paul Brinkley, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Business Transformation; Director of Transformation Planning and Performance--David Fisher; Director of Transformation Priorities and Requirements--Radha Sekar; Director; Director of Investment Management--Paul Ketrick; Director of Warfighter Support--Bob Love; Director of Information and Federation Management--David Scantling; and Director of Agency Operations--Navy Captain Michael Murphy.



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