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US Defense Budget Outcomes

Volatility and Predictability in Army Weapons Funding


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Heidi Brockmann Demarest
    Pages 1-14
  3. Heidi Brockmann Demarest
    Pages 15-27
  4. Heidi Brockmann Demarest
    Pages 29-66
  5. Heidi Brockmann Demarest
    Pages 67-97
  6. Heidi Brockmann Demarest
    Pages 99-137
  7. Heidi Brockmann Demarest
    Pages 139-162
  8. Heidi Brockmann Demarest
    Pages 163-179
  9. Heidi Brockmann Demarest
    Pages 181-191
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 193-205

About this book


This book offers a systematic guide to the allocation of American taxpayer dollars used to provide for the common defense. With engaging and illustrative examples like the narrative of a helicopter purchase, it reveals an unexpectedly chaotic political process that produces a conversely stable aggregate defense budget. The book explores specific attempts to control or influence these turbulent funding outcomes as Congress reviews the Presidential budget request. Containing data and sources largely unavailable to researchers without access to the Department of Defense, the book should be of interest to anyone looking for a direct, current, and methodical analysis of defense budget outcomes that preserves the informal and nuanced mechanics of a political and complicated process. 


Congress Funding Volatility Engagement Strategies Combat Systems Pentagon Budgeting Cycles Defense Acquisition Stable Budgets Program Funding

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.United States Military AcademyWest Point, NYUSA

About the authors

Heidi Brockmann Demarest is an Army officer and Director of the American Politics program in the Department of Social Sciences at the US Military Academy. She has served in multiple assignments as a military intelligence officer, most recently as the Deputy Commander of the Army’s offensive cyber brigade from 2013-2015. Her research interests include defense budgeting, defense acquisition, and socioeconomic inequality.

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