AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
The workforce of the DOD was reduced by thousands as the military services worked to meet diminished budget numbers in 2013 due to sequestration. The workforce reduction combined with decreased funding allocated for training is having hazardous effects on the human capital of the DOD. The quantitative data within this case study shows a 5 percent drop in employees between 2012 and 2013, but also an 8.37 percent decrease in education and training funding. Since the effects of sequestration were alleviated due to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, the data shows that the DOD has not recovered from the budget impacts of sequestration. The research highlights the concerns associated with diminishing the workforce and the funding allocated for education growth, but also discusses future research recommendations on methods to absorb budget cuts to prepare for the unknown future in 2018.