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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Strategic Planning and the Maritime Balance: An Experiment
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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A Defense Science Board Task Force was establish to conduct an experiment in applying business policystrategic planning concepts to the development of a competitive strategy for the Maritime Balance area. The Task Force and its associated Navy Study Group will focus on the long-term competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in the maritime area, especially the naval area. The experiment will deal with the strategic planning phase of long-term planning, rather than with specific naval programs. The work of the Task Force and the Study Group will be conducted in a number of phases, starting with the development of a broad strategy for competing. This phase should attempt to structure how we should think about and analyze the competition, including both its wartime and peacetime components. Besides providing a strategy context, the introductory phase of the experiment should 1 identify naval problem areas and questions which are highlighted by examining the maritime balance area from a long-term competition perspective 2 Identify issues which would have maritime significance in time of major war, but which are not amenable to naval solutions in peacetime 3Identify major issues relevant to the peacetime use of maritime forces and 4 Identify criteria beyond cost and effectiveness criteria which seem particularly important in judging maritime programs.
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