U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning OpenCourseWare: A Free Grad-Level Course by MIT Studying the U.S. National Defense Budget

Published Jan 27, 2009

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How are U.S. national security dollars spent? This free OpenCourseWare offered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) presents extensive information on the defense budget and how it affects policy decisions. 'U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning' is a practical supplement for those seeking a master's degree in political science.

U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning: Course Specifics

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U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning: Course Description

Learning about defense spending can give students an insight into the complex U.S. political structure. Developed by Professor Cindy Williams, this free OpenCourseWare covers general budgeting, the relationship between military success and budget and strategies for distributing funds across multiple areas of defense. The course begins with an historical overview of spending and a review of potential economic pressures that might affect spending in the future. 'U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning' will explore alternatives for supplying the military, ways to allocate spending and strategies for compensation of armed forces personnel. Through ongoing reading, you will be asked to consider alternative strategies and methods to national security policies and the effects they may have on budgetary constraints. This lecture course was originally offered through Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Department of Political Science.

This free OpenCourseWare includes extensive reading materials, examples of student works, a list of assignments and additional online resources. If you're interested in taking 'U.S. Military Budget and Force Planning', visit the political science course page.

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