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Defense Budget: Getting the Assumptions Right
Posted By Baker Spring On November 30, 2012 @ 1:27 pm In Security | Comments Disabled
Earlier this year, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments conducted an exercise  that purported to show how a smaller defense budget wouldn’t be so bad after all. However, the assumptions behind this exercise have significant shortcomings.
The exercise forced the participants to accept defense funding levels mandated in the sequestration process of the Budget Control Act of 2011, permitted them to adjust defense programs to conform to the prescribed funding levels on a selective basis—not sequestration’s across-the-board approach—and used the existing strategic guidance of the Department of Defense as a starting point.
Although there are a variety of shortcomings in the design of the exercise, there are three that relate to these core assumptions:
In essence, the exercise is nothing more than a budget drill. It demonstrates that thoughtful and informed participants in the exercise are able to design an overall defense program at prescribed funding levels in a logical and rational fashion. The problem is that such exercises have little utility to policy makers.
Ultimately, the problems facing the nation’s defense posture have resulted from policy disagreements, not management shortcomings. Accordingly, exercises that examine resolving these problems should include assumptions that distinguish between policy options.
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