Impact of the National Debt on United States Army Funding
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The debt of the United States is the greatest threat to our national security. The Army must be part of the solution on bringing the national debt to a manageable level. Part two of the Budget Control Act of 2011, also known as sequestration, reduces the Army topline funding by 125B over nine years. This equates to a 10 reduction in Army funding from a total budget of 1.2T from FY13-FY21. Sequestration as it s currently written creates an imbalance in the Army which leads to a hollow force. This paper identifies what part of the law needs to change and shows how the Army can take these reductions and still execute the National Security Strategy. These reductions require the Army to make hard decisions about what the future force will look like. Programs must be delayed or in some cases terminated to ensure the highest priority requirements receive adequate funding.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations