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  1. Doug Orton permalink
    December 2, 2010 8:53 pm

    The 2014 QDDDR Meme

    Organization theorists and strategic management researchers give the current national security system a failing grade because of the significant 1/N resource allocation problem — Defense has too many people, too much money, and too much power, while Treasury, State, Security, and Justice have too little. There can not be smart power in the national security system until Defense is trimmed back and State and Security are ramped up. One bold stroke would be deficit reduction legislation that moves 150,000 people out of Defense into a new subculture at State. A popular meme in the current interagency space is the three D’s — diplomacy, development, and defense. The 2014 Quadrennial State Review (QSR) could reduce the 1/N problem in the current system by moving 150,000 defense personnel into the State Department under a QDDDR framework. As usual, though, Congress is ruled by political feasibility and the White House is constrained by narrow bandwidth, so this easy fix will not be implemented until after the next 9/11 attack, or until American citizens proactively fund the research necessary to create smart improvements to the system. Propogation of the 2014 QDDDR meme would be a microstrategic victory, though.

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