Strategy And The Spreadsheet: Optimizing The Total Army To Satisfy Both
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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The United States historically reduces military end strength at the conclusion of major conflicts. The Budget Control Act of 2011 imposed sequestration spending limits on the military that began the process of drawing down the military through fiscal year 2021. While the 2016 defense budget delays sequestration cuts for two years, defense cuts in some fashion are inevitable and should be planned for. This work proposes that these cuts must carefully balance strategic considerations within fiscal constraints. The paper considers three alternate approaches to achieving the sequestration cuts. The paper concludes by recommending an approached designed to allow the Total Army to maintain its current level of combat capacity by modifying the force mix and adjusting missions in the Reserves and National Guard.
- Administration and Management
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics