Chapter 18

Logistics System Readiness and Program Development

The U.S. does not effectively program or manage defense spending…It manages it through failure…The real issue is not to seek ways to reduce defense costs or resources, but rather to determine what levels of spending are actually needed and provide them.

—Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies, in U.S. Defense Planning: The Challenge of Resources

The fourth and final enabling analytical component includes the development, refinement, and use of econometric and transfer function models for future-focused, capability-oriented, “early warning” systems. This capability is needed so that Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Headquarters, Department ...

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