Decreasing Budget Flexibility for Commanders of Marine Corps Installations in the Pacific: Sources, Significance and Solutions
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis establishes the importance of budget execution flexibility at the installation commander level in terms of efficient allocation of resources. It then documents the erosion of budget flexibility from fiscal year 1988 to fiscal year 1992 at three Marine Corps installations Marine Corps Air stations, El Toro, California and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California. Two primary sources of erosion are identified 1 increasing spending requirements in the form of mandates from higher authorities and rising fixed costs, and 2 decreasing top-line budget authority. The significance of decreasing flexibility is examined based upon the analysis of budget data gathered from all three subject installations. Finally, potential solutions are offered for all levels in the budget hierarchy. Although the data are obtained from Marine Corps installations, the analysis and results are pertinent to all military installations.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Military Forces and Organizations