Darts and Laurels

October 17, 2013  

Don’t Cut ONA

AFJ_dartDART to the DoD budget-cutters, no doubt well-intentioned, who appear to have trained their red pens on the Office of Net Assessment.

Some say ONA, founded in 1973 and still run by Andrew Marshall, has ceased to fulfill its purpose: looking beyond the immediate budget horizons to the strategic game-changers of tomorrow. Or they say the office, which not only has its own analysts but also outsources much to various companies and think-tanks, could stand a budget cut. Perhaps, and yet the paltry potential for savings is not worth the risk of blinding this set of independent and farseeing eyes.