The effects of Congressional military service on Department of Defense appropriations
Herty, Edward A. IV
McCaffery, Jerry L.
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The purpose of this MBA Project was to determine whether or not a Senator or Representative's previous military service had any influence on how he or she supported defense appropriations. During the course of this project, four shipbuilding programs over the previous twenty years were analyzed: LCS, MCM-1, LPD-17, and DDG-51. This research showed that military experience does have a positive effect of Department of Defense Appropriations at the committee level. Some Senators and Representatives, who lacked military experience, actually appeared to be against military spending. In both cases, though, the effects of military experience were outweighed by a much larger concern. Where a ship was actually built had a much larger effect on how much Congressional support that particular program received. Therefore, from the results of this study, one can extrapolate that where a particular program is built has a significantly greater impact on Congressional support than does prior military experience.
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