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The U.S. Department of Defense's Planning Process: Components and Challenges

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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The U.S. Department of Defense DoD relies on planning processes to size, structure, and posture its military forces. To size and shape its military forces, DoD needs a reasonably coherent defense planning methodology. Unless its choices concerning the size, composition, and capabilities of its military forces, including its army, are entirely political or arbitrary, DoD must develop some rational mechanism for generating requirements. How many ground forces and air, sea, space, cyber, and other capabilities are appropriate for supporting the nations defense strategy, and why This is the burden of defense planningthe employment of analytical, planning, and programming efforts to determine what sort of armed forces a state needs.

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