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Shaping the World through Engagement: Assessing the Department of Defense’s Theater Engagement Planning Process

Author: COL Thomas Jordan, Prof Douglas C Lovelace Jr, Dr Thomas-Durell Young The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched an ambitious planning initiative that could have a major impact upon how resources are allocated among the military departments and the combatant commands. The National Command Authorities have directed the geographic combatant commanders-in- chief (CINCs) to …

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U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Planning: The Missing Nexus

Author: Prof Douglas C Lovelace Jr, Dr Thomas-Durell Young The authors define a formal strategic plan: one that contains specific strategic objectives, offers a clear and executable strategy for achieving objectives, illuminates force capability requirements, and is harmonized with the Future Years Defense Program. They discuss the reasons why a strategic plan is needed and …

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