Interagency and International Careers for Military Officers

Feasible and Advisable?

by Harry J. Thie

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This research brief describes work documented in Interagency and International Assignments and Officer Career Management (MR-1116-OSD).

Excerpt: Preserving or strengthening regional stability has become a major goal of U.S. security policy. This task requires a complex blend of economic, diplomatic, and military activities. To enhance the nation's capabilities for such activities, the National Defense Panel recommended establishing a cadre of military officers who are specialists in the interagency or international arena, and Congress asked the Department of Defense to study the feasibility and advisability of establishing a career model for identifying, training, and managing such a cadre. The National Defense Research Institute (NDRI) carried out the study and reports the results in Interagency and International Assignments and Officer Career Management, by Harry J. Thie, Margaret C. Harrell, and Robert M. Emmerichs. The NDRI researchers conclude that it would be feasible to adapt existing career models for officers assigned to interagency and international positions. However, the advisability of such an action depends largely on the objectives to be accomplished and the importance accorded them.

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