Veterans Transition and Defense Conversion Project, Phase II: Strategic Reinvestment to Strengthen Youth
Published Date: October 1, 1993
As our nation's military continues to draw down and reshape itself, two important resources can be strategically reinvested to strengthen youth: 1) military personnel either serving or transitioning out, and 2) military facilities. The Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) has examined these ideas within its Veterans Transition and Defense Conversion Project. This briefing summarizes Phase II of the project. It builds on Phase I and presents CNA's analysis of the concept 'Strategic Reinvestment to Strengthen Youth.' The goal of the study is to fine strategic opportunities to strengthen youth by selectively reinvesting military resources. CNA was eager to investigate this issue for several reasons. It saw a genuine opportunity to help shape some of the definitions of national security emerging from the ongoing debate on defense policy for the post-Cold War era. This shifting of the discourse to now include domestic aspects of national security coincides with a substantial and long-term military reduction. Therefore, a major policy objective entails tailoring that draw down's social impact to address some of the newly emerging domestic security.