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

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dc.coverage.temporal Fall 2004 2012-06-04T06:03:12Z 2012-06-04T06:03:12Z 2004-12
dc.identifier 17.953-Fall2004
dc.identifier.other 17.953
dc.identifier.other 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
dc.language.iso en-US
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dc.subject United States en
dc.subject national defense en
dc.subject homeland security en
dc.subject military operations en
dc.subject budget en
dc.subject military forces en
dc.subject systems en
dc.subject policy en
dc.subject strategy en
dc.subject spending en
dc.subject terrorism en
dc.subject pay en
dc.subject benefits en
dc.subject federal en
dc.subject infrastructure en
dc.subject readiness en
dc.subject alternative en
dc.subject defense en
dc.subject plans en
dc.title 17.953 U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning, Fall 2004 en
dc.title.alternative U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning en
dc.audience.educationlevel Graduate
dc.subject.cip 440401 en
dc.subject.cip Public Administration en
dc.subject.cip 520801 en
dc.subject.cip Finance, General en 2012-06-04T06:03:12Z

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