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Analytical Support for the Joint Chiefs of Staff: The WSEG Experience, 1948-1976
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA INTERNATIONAL AND SOCIAL STUDIES DIV
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This study analyzes the activities of the Weapons Systems Evaluation Group WSEG in providing operational analyses and weapons systems evaluations to the Joint Chiefs of Staff JCS from 1948 to 1976. The purpose of the analysis is twofold 1 to assess the factors that affected WSEGs usefulness as a source of analytical support for the JCS and 2 to derive lessons from the WSEG experience that may be of value in providing for such support in the future. In reviewing the WSEG record for these purposes, the study considers WSEGs organization, working arrangements, task assignments, operating procedures, and study production, in the context of the circumstances and requirements of the particular period. Under the terms of the task directive, the study covers WSEGs functions and the nature of their accomplishment, but does not attempt to evaluate either the quality of WSEG studies or their impact on JCS or Department of Defense DoD decisions.
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