Department of Defense

E-Readbooks for Senior Officials

At nearly every military command or defense agency I have worked for, every night watch floors and staffs set to the task of printing hundreds of pages of documents for executive readbooks. Most senior officials only have time to review a fraction of the documents, which are subsequently shredded. This wastes reams of paper and thousands of dollars in labor costs. These documents are already posted online and are readily accessible for viewing. I propose that senior government officials use electronic means to receive and review relevant updates. Electronic tablets would be a great median between the portability of a readbook and the economy of electronic documents. These tablets could be password protected for added security.

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Idea No. 5001