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How Much Is Enough?: Shaping the Defense Program 1961-1969
Originally published in 1971, and now published with a new foreword, this is a book of enduring value and lasting relevance. The authors detail the application, history, and controversies surrounding the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System (PPBS), used to evaluate military needs and to choose among alternatives for meeting those needs.
Paperback, 366 pages
Published October 15th 2005 by RAND Corporation
(first published January 1st 1980)
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How many times have I read this book. First for interest, second as a textbook, third when our new organization was setting up somewhat in the image of 1960 Systems Analysis. I was recently given another copy in a class run by IDA. The ideas and principles are first-rate, and I believe it codifies a way of thinking that most policy analyses should emulate. It is my bible for the reason that cost-effectiveness, not cost-benefit, analyses are key in national security. I also appreciate the clarity ...more