ON-Lion Letter

In February in Washington, D.C., four teams of think-tank experts presented alternatives to the Quadrennial Defense Review and the budget that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will soon submit to Congress.

The teams relied upon the Strategic Choices Tool and methodology developed by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) in Washington, D.C.  The teams were from CSBA, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Center for a New American Security, and the Center for Strategic & International Studies.  Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports both CSBA and AEI.

Each team was asked to develop its own strategy to rebalance DoD's major capabilities in light of projected security challenges and likely budget constraints.  Using CSBA's Strategic Choices Tool, the teams were able to choose from more than 700 pre-costed options to add or cut from the projected defense program over the next two Future Years Defense Programs (fiscal years 2015-19 and 2020-24) at two different levels of budget reductions. 

The first fiscal scenario follows the Budget Control Act (BCA) budget caps, as modified.  The second scenario allows the teams to "buy back" capabilities assuming a more-optimistic funding line roughly  half-way between the fiscal-year 2014 President's Budget baseline and full BCA level cuts in the first scenario.

The presentations are all viewable online.  A transcript of CSBA senior fellow Todd Harrison's summary of the exercise for the House Armed Services Committee is also available online.

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