The FY13 Defense Budget and the New Strategy-Reality Gap

Anthony Cordesman and Robert Shelala II at CSIS have published a new report on the FY13 budget, finding it incredibly lacking.  From the summary:

The analysis finds that a major gap exists between the broad, undefined strategic rhetoric in the new strategy and the budget-driven spending cuts in the FY2013 budget submission. Far too much of the prose in the new strategy has little more depth than the average fortune cookie. There are no clear force plans, procurement plans, personnel plans, or spending plans in most areas. The mission categories and priorities are not adequately explained or justified, and key areas of spending, like the projected expenditure on the Afghan conflict, raise serious questions. Moreover, the steady escalation of personnel and procurement costs also raise question as to whether the projected spending can buy anything like the projected force. 

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One of my infrequent agreements with Cordesman et al -- They're right.

Nothing new in that, SSDD. We must, no matter the cost (bad pun intended), continue business as usual -- for the head in the sand folks inside the Beltway know of no alternative, cannot conceive there may be several...