Superior defense plans fuse political, economic, military, technological, and sociological power in ways that cover state interests, while conserving resources to the greatest prudent extent. Poor products can increase costs without reducing risks, because forces and funds that support slipshod schemes often fail to furnish security. This critical appraisal of the U.5. defense planning system seeks to serve a five-fold purpose: set assessment standards, appraise U.S. planning in principle, appraise U.5. planning in practice, identify U.S. planning problems and present optional courses of corrective action. The study shows how domestic and foreign policy inputs from the White House, National 5ecurity Council, and State Department affect defense planning.

part One|12 pages

Defense Planning: Steps and Standards

chapter One|6 pages

Defense Planning Steps

chapter Two|4 pages

Defense Planning Standards

part Two|10 pages

U.S. Defense Planning in Principle

chapter Three|8 pages

Idealistic Depiction of U.S. Defense Planning

part Three|87 pages

U.S. Defense Planning Apparatus In Practice

chapter Four|9 pages

Planning at the Pinnacle

chapter Five|4 pages

Department of State

chapter Six|9 pages

Office, Secretary of Defense

chapter Seven|24 pages

Joint Chiefs of Staff

chapter Eight|18 pages

Congressional Connections

chapter Nine|14 pages

Lateral Collaboration

chapter Ten|5 pages

Strategists in the System

part Four|42 pages

Support Establishment

chapter Eleven|20 pages

Strategic Intelligence

chapter Twelve|12 pages

Strategic Education

chapter Thirteen|8 pages

Strategic Research

part Five|41 pages

U.S. Defense Plans Appraised

chapter Fourteen|5 pages

Planning Categories Appraised

chapter Fifteen|33 pages

Planning Quality Appraised

part Six|12 pages


chapter Sixteen|1 pages

U.S. Planning System Compared with Standards

chapter Seventeen|4 pages

Optional Courses of Corrective Action

chapter Eighteen|4 pages

How to Think About Remedial Measures