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By David C. Gompert, Paul K. Davis, Stuart E. Johnson, Duncan Long

ISBN-10: 0833045032

ISBN-13: 9780833045034

In a fluid international protection surroundings resembling ours, assessing the prices, hazards, and sure effects of different nationwide safety concepts is as tough because it is key. The authors express how, even within the face of uncertainty, the prices and different implications of any method might be assessed by way of interpreting the functions wanted by means of U.S. combatant instructions

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These are market-driven factors over which government has limited influence, especially as it relies more and more on applied commercial technology. For example, DoD The Operating-Unit Perspective 17 has largely failed to get leading, innovative information technology firms to participate actively in its market. Allied defense capabilities and collaboration may be important factors, depending on strategy. For instance, those aspects of counterterrorism that engage allied capabilities are going to do better than those that do not.

During the Cold War, the strategy of “mutual assured destruction” (MAD) did not indicate whether the 7 The Cold-War strategic goal of containment was not reopened for debate until the mid1980s, by which time the rollback of Soviet communism began to appear less far-fetched and risky. Of course, as the goal began to shift from stalemate to victory, the national defense resources associated with the emerging strategy rose sharply. The Operating-Unit Perspective 23 United States needed as big a nuclear arsenal as that of the Soviet Union, whether the United States should be prepared to use nuclear weapons first in response to Soviet aggression against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), or whether nuclear-warfighting plans were needed.

7 By contrast, in today’s fluid global security environment, debate over strategy tends to be dominated be goals, which change as conditions, including enemies, do. Below, we will turn to inside-out strategy, based on how to employ core strengths. For now, we will confine our discussion to outside-in strategy, responding to or affecting the security environment. In business and, we contend, in defense as well, formulating strategy so that key operating units can translate it into what is expected of them helps not only to align operations with strategy but also to generate capabilities and meet resource needs.

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