Accession Number : AD0616367

Title :   THE FEDERAL BUDGET AS AN INDICATOR OF GOVERNMENT INTENTIONS AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF INTENTIONS,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Novick,David

Report Date : 01 OCT 1959

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : The purpose of this paper is to consider briefly the extent to which the budget can be visualized as an indicator of government intentions and, perhaps more importantly, as an indicator of the implications of these intentions. This is done with respect to both the current budget structure and possible alternative structures. Particularly in conjunction with the latter, illustrative examples are used at various points in the discussion. For the most part, these are drawn from a national security context. The reasons for this are: (1) The defense area currently accounts for well over half the total federal budget and has by far a greater impact on the economy than any other single sphere of governmental activity; (2) The decision-making and administrative problems are probably as difficult--perhaps more so-in this area as in any other; and (3) The author's experience in recent years has stemmed primarily from dealing with defense problems. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL), (*FEDERAL BUDGETS, NATIONAL DEFENSE), UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, FOREIGN POLICY, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT, DECISION MAKING

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE