Accession Number : AD0638013

Title :   ABSTRACT OF 'RESOURCE LIMITS, POLITICAL AND MILITARY RISK-TAKING AND THE GENERATION OF MILITARY REQUIREMENTS'.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Hammond,Paul Y.

Report Date : AUG 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : The new policymaking processes associated with the McNamara administration of the Defense Department include the integration of programming-planning and budgeting and the exploitation of cost effectiveness analysis, associated with systems analysis. OSD initiative also clarifies the risk and role distribution in program generation, though centralizing political risktaking in OSD offsets any vulnerability which could be associated otherwise with the clarification of responsibility. Three indicators about trends in the new defense management arrangements to watch for which are suggested by speculations about hypothetical futures are (1) changes in OSD initiative, which could have wide effects, (2) reduction in the legitimacy of defense programs and leadership, which could lead to retrenchment in the new policy making methods in the Defense Department, and (3) further centralization, which could reduce the generation of options.

Descriptors :   (*DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, *MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING), POLITICAL SCIENCE, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, MILITARY STRATEGY, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, DECISION MAKING, LEADERSHIP, FEDERAL BUDGETS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, PERSONNEL, COLD WAR

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE