Assessing Resource Options for National Security Preparedness
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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While significant concerns have arisen in the Congress, the executive branch, and the media about the ability of the U.S. industrial and technology base to adequately support the national security strategy in the post-Cold War era, there is little consensus as to just what kind of attention is needed. This article outlines an analytic framework designed to address these concerns systematically. The process is illustrated here through initial assessments of two notional cases. These particular cases derive from a family of planning scenarios in the first post-Cold War Joint Military Net Assessment published by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but are similar to scenarios examined in DoDs Bottom-Up Review. Many other specific cases can and should be assessed through the process proposed here. The first part of this article outlines the process. The second part depicts the two planning cases, illustrating them with an industry-level analysis. The third part suggests how this process could be employed in a constructive partnership between the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics