Saturday, March 30, 2024

Budget wisdom

"Priorities aren't redal unless budgets reflect them"

CIA Director Burns

Of course, Director Burn's assertion is spot-on and another version of "show me the money", or perhaps sticking with the intelligence domain: "follow the money".

This whole idea is the bane of strategic planning in which long-term plans outrun the budget authority and even outrun the budget planning, in other words: a floating apex, unsupported by a pyramid of budgets.

Nonetheless, lightening could strike. Having an idea on the shelf is not all bad. But if it's technology, it has a half life measured in a year or two. So, a constant dusting to keep current is required. Who knows: the money might show up.

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