National Security Planning and Budgeting
BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION OF DEFENSE MANAGEMENT WASHINGTON DC
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Although the planning process has improved in recent years further reforms are required. Reforms must deal with three major problems in the current national security planning and budgeting process the need to relate military plans more adequately to available resources the instability of the defense budget process in both the Executive Branch and Congress and the inefficient role of Congress in the review of the defense budget. The Commissions recommendations address each of these problems in turn. Together these are meant to achieve a new, cooperative approach to national security planning and budgeting. In the end, a new approach must produce a national military strategy that is fiscally constrained, forward-looking, and fully integrated must avoid costly instability in resource planning and allocation and must enable each branch of government to better fulfill its constitutional responsibilities to provide for the common defense. this report sets forth findings and recommendations on the role of the President in national security planning a new process for planning national military strategy and an improved defense budget process in the Executive and Legislative Branches. A summary of recommendations and a schematic representation of the proposed process we propose are appended.
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