econintersect.com
       
  

FREE NEWSLETTER: Econintersect sends a nightly newsletter highlighting news events of the day, and providing a summary of new articles posted on the website. Econintersect will not sell or pass your email address to others per our privacy policy. You can cancel this subscription at any time by selecting the unsubscribing link in the footer of each email.



posted on 07 August 2016

The USA Military's Force Structure: A Primer

from the Congressional Budget Office

For the first time in nearly two decades, the Department of Defense (DoD) has experienced sustained budget cuts in recent years: Annual appropriations (excluding additional appropriations for ongoing military operations) for 2013 through 2016 averaged about 5 percent less, in nominal terms, than the funding in 2012.

The possible need to accommodate constraints on DoD's budget in the future - because of caps on discretionary spending through 2021 enacted in the Budget Control Act of 2011, as amended - raises the question of how best to prioritize the various tasks that the department performs and how best to assess any proposed changes to the force. At the same time, the enormous size and complexity of DoD, the many specialized organizations it includes, the wide array of weapon systems and platforms it operates, and the complexity of its budget documents make the task of understanding how the department operates - and how its budget could be changed - daunting to many observers.

To increase policymakers' understanding of the choices that the nation faces when considering DoD's budget, the Congressional Budget Office has prepared this primer on the structure of the armed forces. There are many different ways to approach DoD's budget; for the purposes of this analysis, CBO treats DoD as an organization that produces, sustains, and supports combat units. The number and type of combat units, as well as the personnel and equipment they contain, are referred to as the force structure. To produce this primer, CBO developed an analytic model of the military's force structure in which DoD's costs are viewed as inputs necessary to operate and sustain the force. The advantage of that treatment is that it provides a clear view of the trade-offs that would be involved if policymakers wanted to reduce DoD's budget through cuts in the force structure - each element of the force structure has a cost associated with it, the costs of different elements can be compared, and it is possible to say how much of the force structure would have to be cut to generate a given amount of savings.

[click on image below to continue reading]

Source: https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51535-FSPrimer.pdf

>>>>> Scroll down to view and make comments <<<<<<

Click here for Historical News Post Listing










Make a Comment

Econintersect wants your comments, data and opinion on the articles posted.  As the internet is a "war zone" of trolls, hackers and spammers - Econintersect must balance its defences against ease of commenting.  We have joined with Livefyre to manage our comment streams.

To comment, using Livefyre just click the "Sign In" button at the top-left corner of the comment box below. You can create a commenting account using your favorite social network such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn or Open ID - or open a Livefyre account using your email address.



You can also comment using Facebook directly using he comment block below.





Econintersect Contributors


search_box

Print this page or create a PDF file of this page
Print Friendly and PDF


The growing use of ad blocking software is creating a shortfall in covering our fixed expenses. Please consider a donation to Econintersect to allow continuing output of quality and balanced financial and economic news and analysis.


Take a look at what is going on inside of Econintersect.com
Main Home
Analysis Blog
The Devil's Advocate - There ARE Recession Warning Flags
The Theory of the Monetary Circuit: A Critique
News Blog
Global Growth And Inflation Remain Low Initial Impact Of Brexit Is Muted
Infographic Of The Day: Fast Facts On Coffee Consumption
The Dallas Pension System Embraces Risk With Alternative Assets
Early Headlines: G-7 Inflat. Linked Bonds Indicate Deflation, Fracking Effic. Increasing, Cat. 5 Hurricane, Honest Economist Traitor In Greece, China Mfg Firms And More
Facebook Apps Most Popular, Google Has Strongest Overall Presence
The Months Of The Year With The Most Births
Blackberry Quits Smartphone Production
New Water Plumes From Jupiter's Moon Europa Raise Hopes Of Detecting Microbial Life
The Top U.S. Metro Areas For Startup Growth
What We Read Today 30 September 2016
NASA Slow Motion Rocket Engine Test
23 September 2016: ECRI's WLI Growth Index Unchanged
Final September 2016 Michigan Consumer Sentiment Up Slightly
Investing Blog
A New Lifeline For Nuclear
Investing.com Weekly Wrap-Up 30 September 2016
Opinion Blog
Monetary Theory Gets Taken To School
First: 'Over-Population End-of Times' Now: 'Shrinking Population Disaster'
Precious Metals Blog
Where Silver Prices Are Headed Now After Fed's Latest Inaction
Live Markets
30Sep2016 Market Close: Markets Teetering On Investor Doubt, Will Collapse Of Deutsche Bank Matter, US Dollar Headed South Along With Gold, Higher Crude Prices Sure To Take Market Down
Amazon Books & More






.... and keep up with economic news using our dynamic economic newspapers with the largest international coverage on the internet
Asia / Pacific
Europe
Middle East / Africa
Americas
USA Government



Crowdfunding ....






























 navigate econintersect.com

Blogs

Analysis Blog
News Blog
Investing Blog
Opinion Blog
Precious Metals Blog
Markets Blog
Video of the Day
Weather

Newspapers

Asia / Pacific
Europe
Middle East / Africa
Americas
USA Government
     

RSS Feeds / Social Media

Combined Econintersect Feed
Google+
Facebook
Twitter
Digg

Free Newsletter

Marketplace - Books & More

Economic Forecast

Content Contribution

Contact

About

  Top Economics Site

Investing.com Contributor TalkMarkets Contributor Finance Blogs Free PageRank Checker Active Search Results Google+

This Web Page by Steven Hansen ---- Copyright 2010 - 2016 Econintersect LLC - all rights reserved