A National Military Strategy Process for the Future
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The purpose of this study is to examine the process used to develop the National Military Strategy and evaluate the effectiveness of the process for long-range planning. The paper reviews the strategy formulation pro democratic society and then considers the regulations and policies developed since 1986 that govern the process. With that background, the study evaluates the system using the most recently published National Military Strategy, which resulted in the Base Force, and the defense strategy contained in the Bottom-Up Review. This examination reveals the difficulty of developing and implementing a long-range strategic vision. Finally, a review of the status of development of the present National Military Strategy serves to analyze progress made within the system. This review does not assess the strategies themselves. It discusses substantive content minimally and only for the purpose of analyzing the formulation process. The study focuses on how effective the Joint Strategic Planning System is in producing a long range military strategy. The study concludes with recommendations to improve the process.
- Defense Systems
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics