Build your own defense budget!

The Center for American Progress has a great little interactive toy on their web site. It allows acquisition nerds like me to build their own defense budget. It’s not extremely detailed, but I was surprised — and a little disturbed — by how much fun I had with it. So go check it out.

After you make your budget choices, it summarizes what kind of military you’ve just decided to buy (regardless of industrial base havoc I’m sure my own choices produced). Here’s mine:

“Your budgetchoices are consistent with a heavily irregular force. Your military will beable to respond to a wide variety of non-conventional threats such as piracy,terrorism, insurgency and humanitarian disaster. However, it will have a verylimited ability to respond to conventional military contingencies should theyarise.”

Hmm … not sure that’s what I intended! Guess that’s why I’m not in charge of making acquisition decisions.

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One Response to Build your own defense budget!

  1. Dave 11 December, 2008 at 7:55 pm #

    Mine was optimized for heavy conventional warfare… which is what I intended. I care little for spreading democracy, stability operations ect… frankly that whole excercise is more about imperialism than helping anyone. There was a ret. Army Colonel who summed it up nicely… can’t remember his name of the top of my head.

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