Accession Number : ADA331569

Title :   Twenty-First Century Military Superiority a Strategic Business Approach

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 4 Aug 96-6 Jun 97

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Altavilla, Peter A.

PDF Url : ADA331569

Report Date : 06 JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 122

Abstract : This study applies ideas in business strategy to the formulation of national military strategy for the twenty-first century. The study starts with the premise that United States defense planning is at a crossroads and follows with the notion of the need for a reinvigorated focus on strategy. The study explains that strategy is relating and aligning an organization to its environment and that the goal of strategy is to find an optimum position from which to defend or attack. The study uses the similarity of firms in competition in the marketplace and of states in competition in the security arena as a basis to suggest a business oriented approach to address and formulate military strategy. The study concludes that U.S. national security planning could profit greatly from an approach that distinguishes among core, environmental, and hedging strategies. The study leverages business concepts such as defining the business, dealing with new competitors, entry and exit barriers, assymetrical or indirect attack, and strategic renewal. Finally, using these concepts, the study promotes a recommended strategy and action plan for the future.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), MILITARY OPERATIONS, NATIONAL SECURITY, THESES, DEFENSE PLANNING.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE