Enhancing CINCs' (Commanders in Chief) Influence on Defense Resource Allocation: Progress and Problems
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Since their inception in 1958, the Commander in Chief of the unified and specified commands have had little influence in determining what resources would be created by the military Services for later allocation to the combatant commanders for accomplishing various military operations, missions, and objectives. The 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Defense Reorganization Act focused on strengthening the authority of the CINCs and enhancing their participation in the defense resource allocation process. This study seeks to review changes implemented over the past 2 12 years and to assess their impact on achieving the desired increased influence of the combatant commanders in identifying and prioritizing military requirements and developing defense programs and budgets. An analysis is made of changes to the defense planning, programming and budgeting system, including new initiative such as the CINC Integrated Priority List and CINC High Priority Small Program List. The study traces the development of separate program and budget authority for the Special Operations Command and analyzes DODs decision not to implement separate CINC operation and maintenance programs and budgets as intended by the Reorganization Act. Recommendations are made for further enhancing CINC influence in defense resource allocation.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics