Strategic Appraisal 1997

Strategy and Defense Planning for the 21st Century

by Zalmay Khalilzad, David A. Ochmanek


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This publication brings together the views of several experts in both the process and substance of defense planning. It argues that an ambitious U.S. national strategy of global leadership will be needed to protect and advance U.S. interests and identifies a range of possible future missions for which we need to prepare. Essays in the volume explore key issues that will arise as the United States fashions its military forces for the coming decades. These include: the roles of military power in U.S. national securitystrategy; new approaches to planning and evaluating future military force postures; the nature of future military challenges, both in defeating large-scale aggression and meeting smaller-scale threats; which operational capabilities should receive the highest priority; what level of forces future budgets are likely to support; and how the Department of Defense should downsize its infrastructure and reform its management practices. Thisvolume will be of interest to professional defense planners and analysts, as well as students of defense strategy and operations.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


    Zalmay Khalilzad and David Ochmanek

  • Chapter Two

    Strategy and Defense Planning for the Coming Century

    Zalmay Khalilzad

  • Chapter Three

    The Context for Defense Planning: the Environment, Strategy, and Missions

    David Ochmanek and Stephen T. Hosmer

  • Chapter Four

    Adaptiveness in Defense Planning: the Basis of a New Framework

    Paul K. Davis, David Gompert, and Richard L. Kugler

  • Chapter Five

    New Principles for Force Sizing

    Paul K. Davis and Richard Kugler

  • Chapter Six

    Capabilities for Major Regional Conflicts

    Paul K Davis, Richard Hillestad, and Natalie Crawford

  • Chapter Seven

    From Sideshow to Center Stage: the Role of the Army and Air Force in Military Operations Other Than War

    Jennifer M. Taw and Alan Vick

  • Chapter Eight

    Managing Regional Security: Toward a New U.S. Military Alignposture Overseas

    Richard L. Kugler

  • Chapter Nine

    What Can Likely Defense Budgets Sustain?

    David S. C. Chu

  • Chapter Ten

    Trading Butter for Guns: Managing Infrastructure Reductions

    Carl J. Dahlman and C. Robert Roll

  • Chapter Eleven


    Zalmay Khalilzad and David Ochmanek

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