Accession Number:

ADA312215

Title:

Why the United States Needs a Written National Economic Strategy.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-06-07

Pagination or Media Count:

110.0

Abstract:

This thesis proposes that the United States should have a national economic strategy NES document to provide direction for the many policymakers who implement the economic instrument of power. With the end of the Cold War, the United States faces a complex global security environment and must deal with numerous threats to its national interests. Decreasing relative military power implies that the United States will have to rely more on other instruments of power to attain its national security goals. This paper examines the current global security environment and the important role of economic power in the world economy. With this background, this study analyzes the effectiveness of the Marshall Plan as a written national economic strategy. It also examines how Japan successfully formulates and implements its domestic and international economic strategies. The thesis investigates the purpose, process, and products of U.S. national military strategy to determine if parallel economic strategy development is feasible. Finally, this paper identifies the ends, ways, and means of economic strategy that support and sustain national security strategy. It concludes with a recommendation for reorganizing U.S. economic policymaking agencies to formulate and implement the NES.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE