Accession Number : ADA195569

Title :   Campaign Plans, Military Strategy, and Policy Objectives: The Imperative fr Linkage in U.S. Defense Planning,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Brisson, Douglas D

PDF Url : ADA195569

Report Date : 18 May 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 58

Abstract : This monograph identifies a void in the strategic planning process of the United States and proposes a modified national security decision-making and implementation structure to improve the ability of the U.S. to integrate the elements of national power. The modification creates regional organizations called Regional Security Staffs headed by Assistant National Security Advisors that directly support the President and the National Security Council in devising regional sub-strategies to enhance the accomplishment of U.S. global strategy. The Assistant National Security Advisor exercises 'integrative' authority to cut across functional lines within the region. The importance of this modification is twofold. First, a survey of strategic planning done within the monograph reveals that there are certain elements of successful strategic planning. The survey examines why successful campaigns do not always lead to victory in war. The key is that strategic planning provides the link between policy, and campaigns by planning the integration of national power. The survey discusses how the U.S. has been unsuccessful in this area since the end of World War II despite the creation of the NSC. Second, the NSC currently relies on functional lines to implement but has no way of ensuring integration of all elements of power. This is due in large measure to the proliferation of regional responsibilities and interests of the U.S. Keywords: Military strategy, Strategic planning, Strategy integration. (KT)

Descriptors :   *DEFENSE PLANNING, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *NATIONAL SECURITY, ADVISORY ACTIVITIES, DECISION MAKING, GLOBAL, INTEGRATION, MILITARY PLANNING, ORGANIZATIONS, PLANNING, POWER, SECURITY, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, STRATEGY, SURVEYS, UNITED STATES, WARFARE

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE