Five Forces of Competition: An Approach to Anticipating Future Threats
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The collapse of the Soviet Union transformed the world from a bi-polar entity to a multi-polar one. Like pieces of a newly scattered puzzle, many countries are searching for their place in the emerging multi-polar security environment of the 21st Century. A significant factor in the rebuilding process is based upon economic security, driven by the interactions of competitive forces. The competitive forces, threat of new entrants, suppliers, buyers, products substitutes, and rivalry intensity, create a push-pull interaction that results in countries jockeying for position as a means to exert dominance, or perhaps, even survival. An analysis of the competitive forces provides a methodology for planners to identify future threats to U.S. interests, thereby, focusing their efforts and capabilities development. Moreover, the competitive force analysis bridges the gap between threat-based planning and capabilities-based planning.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics