A New Millennium: A New Army-Congress Relationship
Strategy research rept
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The Armys current budget is not adequate to sustain its modest force structure and prepare for the future. Its budget has been locked at a 24 percent share of the DoD budget since the end of WWII, even though the Army has shouldered the load in contingency forces and casualties. The Armys senior leaderships lack of political acumen with Congress is in large part responsible for the Armys mouses share of the DoD budget pie. Further, an underfunded Army has troubling implications for national security interests in the chaotic post Cold War era. If the Army doesnt change its corporate approach to Congress the warfighting capability and institutional integrity of the Army will be in mortal peril. This study attempts to place the Armys relationship with Congress in a larger context, one that must be understood if the Army is to attain the capabilities it needs to win in the future. The study begins with an analysis of the Army culture and values that drives the Army today and then examines Congress perception of the Army and the Armys perception of Congress. It concludes with recommendations on how the Army must adapt to effectively engage Congress.
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