Accession Number : ADA328014

Title :   Funding "Non-Traditional" Military Operations: The Alluring Myth of a Presidential Power of the Future.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Rosen, Richard D.

PDF Url : ADA328014

Report Date : JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 217

Abstract : Since the Cold War's end, the military's involvement in non-traditional operations has spiraled. These operations are not always encompassed by DoD's operations and maintenance (Q&M) appropriations. While Congress has statutorily authorized some operations, it has not approved funding for all. And as the pace of 'non-traditional' operations accelerates and the novelty of missions proliferates, the armed forces will be confronted increasingly with missions that do not fit within existing funding authorities. In recent years, a number of scholars and operational lawyers have asserted the President has the inherent constitutional power to direct spending deemed essential to national security, including 'non-traditional' operations, even in the absence of statutorily prescribed appropriations. This paper addresses these assertions and concludes that, absent a congressionally approved appropriation, the President is without legal authority to expend public funds regardless of whether the expenditure is deemed essential to national security.

Descriptors :   *UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE, *FEDERAL BUDGETS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY HISTORY, CONGRESS, NATIONAL SECURITY, MISSIONS, POWER, PRESIDENT(UNITED STATES).

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE