The following post on global strategy is by Thunderbird students Dawn Swearingin, Rohan Verma, Jameson Neuhoff, Travis Wattles, Priyanka Jain and Wei Zheng
One of the few positive outcomes of the current financial crisis is the emergence of taxpayers as informed stakeholders in the activities of government. The U.S government, mindful of this development, is conceivably more cautious when allocating funds to its different departments. One exception is the Department of Defense, which has consistently seen on average a rise of 5 percent in its budget allocation throughout the last decade, whereas most other departments have faced major reductions. Perhaps the increased allocation is justified on the basis of national security. But glaring inefficiencies might also exist in the Department of Defense that drive up project costs and timelines. Read the full article in Thunderbird Student Projects, a blog on the Thunderbird Knowledge Network.