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    US Military Fiscal Constraints: Prioritizing Capabilities

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    Please help with answering the following question on Warfare Studies:
    Considering future fiscal constraints, what capabilities should the American military, particularly the USAF, emphasize to most effectively contribute to the strategy laid out in the January 2012 Strategic Guidance "Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense"? Identify and discuss at least 3 capabilities, supporting your answer with material from the WS and AP courses.

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    Dear Student,
    Thank you for your trust. In this particular task, you are being asked to reflect on the likely strategies of the US military from recent materials released. I suggest making your answer simple with this outline:

    1. About the Current Strategies - 150 words
    2. About Fiscal constraints - 150 words
    3. Current Effective Capabilities to emphasize
    a. overview - 100 words
    b. capability 1 - 200 words
    c. capability 2 - 200 words
    d. capability 3 - 200 words

    This outline should yield 1,000 words which should cover what you need. It is important to draw from official sources as this is about what is currently at play. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Thank you for your patience - I have been having a difficult time with connectivity today. I sincerely hope that you do well in your studies.

    AE 105878/Xenia Jones

    US Military Fiscal Constraints: Prioritizing Capabilities

    About Fiscal Deficit

    The fiscal deficit and budget issues of the US military of today is not isolated to the entire military and homeland defense department - it is an impact of current economic constraints facing the country. In their 2002 book, "Advanced Macroeconomics: A Primer", Minford and Peel explains budget constraints as such - "The first question we must ask about government tax, any resources it raises by printing money with consequent inflation (its seigniorage'), it's spending and its borrowing is: what are the limits on a government's actions? These limits are implied by its budget constraints which relates to these elements." As macroeconomists, Minford and Peel presented equations that predicted, using models, changes in government spending. If these equations are applied to division of tax resources towards funding essential agencies and public organizations of systematic importance to the United States, the natural pattern results to a shrinking budget. Vis-a-vis the expectations of service and the responsibilities of the US military at home and abroad, the spending cuts will easily impact what services and resources (including personnel) the military can keep funding and keeping functional. Just as investment in the economy suffers, investment in government agencies, including its human resources also suffer, as the government works to shrink the debt, pay its deficits and in doing so raise taxes on capital and labor.
    Current Fiscal Constrains

    Since 2001, after 9-11, the US Military has been tasked with responsibilities spanning the globe. Such activities and responsibilities require funding which drains the Department of Defence's treasury. And while the task to fund is necessary, it also stretches out the resources as required funding, if delivery of funds is not strategized, can limit the capabilities of the military as one project can dry up the treasury and not allow for the deployment and completion of another. According to ...

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