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The role of systematic analysis in increasing the quality of choices open to decisionmakers at policy levels in international affairs is explored. Discussion includes key organizational features of an analytical apparatus applicable directly to the Department of State. While reliance on the intuitive operator is characteristic of much activity in the foreign affairs community, it is suggested that establishment of a foreign affairs system could provide deeper knowledge, more data, and a more systematic evaluation of objectives and alternatives than nonmilitary programs and policies often get. At present, no countervailing system of the analytic competency of the PPBS approach adopted by the Department of Defense in the 1960s exists to represent nonmilitary interests, partly because the systems approach may be wrongly regarded as synonymous only with quantification and computer technology.

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