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Bridging The Resource Gap.

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With the Department of Defense under the scrutiny of the American public and the media always nearby, how should the military best prepare the leaders of tomorrow to cope with change during fiscally austere times In my opinion, the key to bridging what I will call the resource gap is threefold a solid and standardized training institution, continuing education on a self-development basis, and professional education and training throughout ones career. The combination of education and work experience prepares one to manage public funds efficiently. We owe it to America to remain proficient and to be prudent fiscal managers, particularly during times of the shrinking budget, by maintaining a fiscal prowess. Most Army officers do not receive resource management training. However, as leaders and as custodians of public funds, we must be prudent and frugal fiscal managers. Funds have become a scare commodity. As leaders we must fight for adequate funding to train the force, to equip the force and to maintain the force. To do this we must learn everything we can about fiscal management. An early investment in fiscal awareness will mold frugal and prudent leaders capable of giving Americans the most bang for the buck. What is the bottomline Simply that it is time for change in the military educational system. It is time to go the next step and mold young warriors into prudent fiscal managers. If America is to survive the outrageous and out of control deficit and win the national debt, we must bridge the resource gap by formalizing resource management instruction at all levels. The leaders of tomorrow must be the absolute best tactically and technically proficient warriors and frugal and prudent resource managers. Bridging the resource gap is the key to conducting business during the next century.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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