Estimate the STEM workforce needs by number and field of the DoD and its defense contractors under each of the following three budget scenarios:
*a. The current 5-year defense budget continues under identical basic assumptions.
**b. An abrupt change in security threats calls for an abrupt 35 percent DoD budget increase over that in 2.a above.
***c. A peace dividend calls for reallocating 25 percent of the DoD budget in 2.a to other national needs.
*The outlays for FY 2010 were $667 billion for “DoD-Military” (Function 051). The estimates for the out-years were as follows (in billions): FY’11: $740; FY ’12: $707; FY ’13: $648; FY’14: $637; FY’15: $644; and FY’16: $651. (SOURCE: President’s Budget FY 2012)
**Roughly the percent increase, in real terms, in DoD spending from FY 2001 to 2005 following 9/11; compare also the 25 percent increase from FY 82 to FY 89.
***Roughly the percent decrease, in real terms, in DoD spending from FY 1990 to 2000 following end of the Cold War
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