A Comparative Analysis of Congressional Budget Adjustments for U.S. Special Operations Command
MBA professional rept.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The 1986 Defense Authorization Act included the Cohen-Nunn Amendment establishing a unified combatant command for Special Operations Forces SOF, U.S. Special Operation Command USSOCOM. USSOCOMs budget has close to tripled between September 11, 2001 and the fiscal year 2012 budget while manpower has almost doubled. These statistics provide sound basis for analysis of USSOCOMs budget and supplemental funds. The purpose of this report is to analyze a segment of U.S. Special Operations Command USSOCOM budgets to see if there is a common theme or reason behind adjustments. Some adjustments are solicited by the services, some by Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD direction, and some are non-solicited adds. The past ten years have had significant effects on all Department of Defense DoD and USSOCOM budgets. This research categorizes USSOCOM changes and provides recommendations for future research.
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