This study reviews strategy and forces for the Department of Defense under constrained resources. It also provides recommendations for the FY 2017 defense budget and the next Quadrennial Defense Review.
Summary Cutting the number of SES is consistent with the widespread desire to cut overhead and the existing DoD direction to cut management headquarters. However, the current number of SES is not out of line with history. Further, DoD has proportionally many fewer SES than the domestic agencies. Download Report Here
Growing in both its staff size and its role in national security decisionmaking, the NSC has assumed more of an operational role rather than focusing on strategic planning and interagency coordination. The NSC has been criticized for its overreach into operational and tactical details. However, as an entity under presidential purview, Congress’s ability to restrict the NSC is a constitutional issue. Due to these challenges and constraints, what is a possible way forward for NSC reform?