Strategy and Force Planning in a Time of Austerity
By Michael J. Meese
Strategic Forum 288
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- Force planning and defense budgeting processes that may work well with spending increases have significant problems with budget reductions under austerity.
- The current U.S. fiscal crisis and political polarization make strategic planning and defense decisionmaking difficult.
- As part of strategy, defense leaders need to engage in a credible dialogue about austerity, to include discussing fiscal policy and nondefense spending.