Improved Strategic Planning
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In an increasingly interdependent world, exertion of U.S. power in the interests of international order and evolution has emphasized the multi-faceted nature of strategy--political, military, economic, etc.--and the need for optimum conceptual combination of these aspects on both a regional and global basis. Meanwhile, various revolutionary forces and influences are creating widespread international instability. It is the purpose of this thesis to analyze the difficulties of providing improved strategic planning needed for more orderly progress in human affairs. This analysis consists of an identification of important conceptual difficulties which stand in the way of improving strategic planning. This thesis concludes that it is necessary that U.S. national strategy continue in its present character, relying on the primary instrumentality of military force. The basis for this conclusion is practicality--that the present strategy utilizes the least uncertain means. However, refinements in knowledge, techniques, and methods must be continually developed to resolve traditional ambiguities--conceptual difficulties--in optimum mix of strategic instruments. Such sustained effort is needed to continually clarify common international purposes and programs. These conceptual difficulties in developing strategies of order and progress in human affairs are traditional intellectual challenges to which Free World institutions including the War Colleges of the United States are being called on to contribute their increasingly vital intellectual efforts.
- Government and Political Science