Accession Number:

AD0716805

Title:

The Internal Mechanisms of the Defense Budget Process - Fiscal 1953-1968,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1970-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

302.0

Abstract:

A mathematical study is made of the dollar amounts of the 5 successive versions of the defense budget contained each fiscal year in the Service requests, the Presidents budget, House and Senate floor actions, and final Congressional action. The total for each of 5 functional categories, 49 subcategories, and the overall total were analyzed for each version for each of 16 years, beginning in calendar 1951. The defense budgetary process was stable during this period of changes in administration and domestic environment. Analysis bears out some common beliefs Service requests contain padding for Presidential cuts, the Presidents budget is padded for House cuts, and final action depends on simple bargaining between House and Senate. Two unexpected findings 1 many items pass unchanged through the entire process, despite the clear evidence that 2 cutting or spending moods prevail at different times. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE