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An Immodest Proposal: Making a Profit on Defense Programs

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Defense Systems Management College Fort Belvoir United States

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Faced with declining budgets and the spectre of sequestration under the Budget Control Act, the Department of Defense must do much more than it has ever done in the past to get more bang for the buck. This is usually translated to mean greater quantities for the same funding. How do we do that In 1729 Jonathan Swift wrote a satirical essay, A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick, which has come to be called A Modest Proposal. In Swifts essay, the modest proposal was for the Irish to raise themselves up from poverty by selling their children as food to the persons of quality and fortune through the kingdom. As that title was already taken, we have called this piece An Immodest Proposal which next to Swifts this is very much so. The other choice would have been A Truly Modest Proposal, which this certainly is.

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