The Army in the Strategic Planning Process

Who Shall Bell the Cat?

by Carl H. Builder

Download

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 2.9 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback111 pages $25.00 $20.00 20% Web Discount

This report documents individual research undertaken by the author during a one-year assignment to the Army's Concepts Analysis Agency as their Distinguished Visiting Analyst. The research explored the definition and significance of strategy, comparative analysis of the three services on various aspects (particularly their approaches to strategy), and a close study of the Army's unique problems and opportunities regarding strategic planning. The author suggests that the Army is in a special position to participate in the strategic planning process--through the "daring deed" of determining price tags for our explicit national commitments to use military force. Those price tags include the military (as opposed to the political) objectives of our forces if they must fight, the adequacy and composition of our forces, and the risks the national leadership must accept in making or withdrawing those commitments. The risks of interservice strife of course pose a cost to the Army.

Research conducted by

This report is part of the RAND Corporation report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.