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Planning and the Interagency Process: How can the United States Department of Defense and the Department of State Prepare for Future Joint Operations in a Time of Reduced Budgets?
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Throughout history, examples of the successes and failures of the interagency process abound. With the global financial crisis striking the United States, it is imperative for the United States Department of Defense and the Department of State to coordinate their activities through a streamlined approach to the interagency process. A focus on the operational level of planning at the State Department and an exchange of military and foreign service officers for advising and ensuring all assets of national power are employed during military combat operations and crisis intervention is required. The State Department lacks a focus on the operational level of planning which often creates redundancy in its strategic policy goals. It is a necessity for the State Department to develop a planning process while ensuring it takes the lead role in the interagency process.
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