Cost Conscious Culture : United States National Security Professionals

2189 Words Oct 19th, 2016 9 Pages
Cost-Conscious Culture
United States national security professionals must balance the ability to counter strategic threats with the appropriate force structure and capabilities. By FY 2018, according to OMB projections, “the federal government will be spending more on net interest payments than on national defense for the first time in modern history.” The current trends indicate a more fiscally constrained future, forcing the balance be achieved through a cost-conscious culture. It will be a necessity to accomplish more with less and do it more efficiently than before. The threat is not going to proportionally decrease with the United States defense budget. The Global Trends 2030 publication predicts that no country, to include the United States, will be a hegemonic power by 2030. These indicators impress upon the importance of recognizing the changing environment and establishing the proper culture to rise to the challenges.
The last 15 years of war for the United States have produced a culture of expectations of abundant financial resources. Problem solving was initiated with financial means as the standard solution and as a result, an entire generation of military leaders have never experienced a resource restrictive environment that requires innovative ways to train, overcome readiness issues, and complete the mission. The defense forces have the artifacts, norms and values and underlying assumptions relative to a resource rich culture. Moving from a…

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