Defense Planning: A Time for Breadth
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Contemporary defense planning is dominated by a narrow, rational frame of reference. Present planning concentrates too heavily on developing warfighting capabilities for specific, rigid scenarios. It disregards the other missions which military forces fulfill in support of national policy objectives. The rigor and focus of the current analytical methods have provided objectivity in many areas where service parochialism formerly reigned supreme. For all its merit, however, the present system has led defense planners to adopt a view of the world which is too rigid and narrow. If this trend persists, the flexibility of future forces to support policy will be seriously jeopardized.
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