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17.953 U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning, Fall 2004

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dc.coverage.temporal Fall 2004 en_US 2004-12
dc.identifier 17.953-Fall2004
dc.identifier local: 17.953
dc.identifier local: IMSCP-MD5-780a7983192c67c8671f35984da1370f
dc.description.abstract The United States is spending about $400 billion this year on national defense, some $40 billion on homeland security, and $85 billion on military operations and nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan. This course is for students who want to know how the dollars we spend on national security relate to military forces, systems, and policy choices, and who wish to develop a personal tool kit for framing and assessing defense policy alternatives. The course aims to familiarize students with budgetary concepts and processes; to examine relationships among strategy, forces, and budgets; to explore tradeoffs among the main categories of defense spending; and to develop frameworks for identifying the costs of new military policies. The course begins with an overview of U.S. spending for national defense over the past 35 years and a look at the federal fiscal pressures that may affect military spending in the future. It continues with an examination of mismatches between the defense budget and the military strategy and forces it supports. Later sessions grapple with matching forces to budgets and developing alternatives for equipping the force. One session focuses on federal spending for homeland security and combating terrorism. In addition, several sessions will explore frameworks for reform of the infrastructure activities and military pay and benefits that together make up the lion's share of the military budget. en_US
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dc.subject United States en_US
dc.subject national defense en_US
dc.subject homeland security en_US
dc.subject military operations en_US
dc.subject budget en_US
dc.subject military forces en_US
dc.subject systems en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.subject strategy en_US
dc.subject spending en_US
dc.subject terrorism en_US
dc.subject pay en_US
dc.subject benefits en_US
dc.subject federal en_US
dc.subject infrastructure en_US
dc.subject readiness en_US
dc.subject alternative en_US
dc.subject defense en_US
dc.subject plans en_US
dc.title 17.953 U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning, Fall 2004 en_US
dc.title.alternative U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning en_US

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