A Nonlinear Approach to Strategy Formulation
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The United States Army War College educates strategic leaders who function as national security professionals who develop and implement national policy and strategy, as well as oversee the resources of the state Therefore, graduates must understand how policy and strategy are formulated The Army War College has developed a strategy formulation model to educate the Armys future security leaders This model is a linear process, with internal and external forces and trends of the strategic environment influencing the process in a linear fashion The actual process, however, is nonlinear, and the strategic environment is chaotic In addition, the Army War College model stops at the national strategy level and does not include the development of subordinate strategies Since graduates of the Army War College function at strategic levels from national to theater level, they must understand the process through these levels This paper presents foundational concepts and definitions to establish a conceptual basis, evaluates the existing United States Army War College Strategy Formulation Model, and presents an improved strategy formulation model that adequately addresses the nonlinearity and complexity of the process, and chaotic nature of the strategic environment.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations