The Missing Dimension of U.S. Defense Policy: Force, Perceptions and Power (Revised)
ESSEX CORP ALEXANDRIA VA
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This author argues that it is not possible to extract the maximum politico-military benefit from the nations expenditure on its military forces unless explicit consideration is given to the perceptual effects of their configuration, structure and modes of deployment. It is further argued that it is well within the scope of the relevant disciplines and methods to evaluate such perceptual effects in a manner sufficiently unambiguous to allow the resulting data to be introduced in the decision-making processes of the Department of Defense. This last proposition may be tested through case studies of perceptual-impact analyses of major decision alternatives. It remains to devise procedures whereby the perceptual dimension of defense policy can be integrated within the established processes of decision.
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