Naval War College Review


The Department of Defense, in seeking the best level of national security, has tried to efficiently invest its annually budgeted resources in weapon systems that provide maximum security over time. Unfortunately, while past investment policy has properly included dollar constraints, it has apparently ignored manpower limitations. This paper seeks to examine this over­sight by investigating four related aspects presented as four hypotheses. They are analyzed by describing the impact of each upon an objective of efficient resource allocation; included is some discussion of available quantitative techniques whose implementation could prevent misallocations.