Congressional Climate for Naval Aviation.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The purpose of this thesis was to characterize the current Congressional climate for Naval Aviation budget requests. An objective approach, consisting of the measurement of three key indicators of Congressional behavior during the authorization phases ofthe FY 1978, Fy 1979 and FY 1980 budget cycles, was employed. These indicators were 1 the questions asked of defense witnesses during the Hearings, 2 the funding adjustments recommended and 3 the rationale provided for committee decisions. Examination of the first indicator led to the development of a research typology that used the technique of content analysis of the authorization hearings to measure Congressional attempts at micromanagement. Measurement of the latter two indicators employed techniques developed and commonly used by earlier researchers. The same three indicators were measured for comparable Air Force Tactical Aviation programs to provide a basis for comparison. Several dimensions of the Congressional climate were analyzed, however the major conclusion reached was that Naval Aviation programs have been subjected to less micromanagement and have received larger budget increases than comparable Air Force programs. Author
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