Force planning

The Creeping Irrelevance of U.S. Force Planning

Author: Dr Jeffrey Record Jeffrey Record examines what he believes is a half-century-old and continuing recession of large-interstate warfare and, since the World War’s demise, the unexpected and often violent disintegration of established states. He then addresses the Department of Defense’s persistent planning focus on multiple conventional war scenarios, concluding that this focus on the …

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Force Planning Considerations for Army XXI

Author: Dr William T Johnsen The U.S. Army has moved along the path of preparing for the 21st century. This process began with the conceptual examinations and assessments carried out under the “Louisiana Maneuvers” and the Army’s Battle Labs, and matured through the Force XXI process. The Army recently completed its first series of Advanced …

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Force Planning in an Era of Uncertainty: Two MRCs as a Force Sizing Framework

Author: Prof John F Troxell Colonel John F. Troxell first asserts that there is a false dichotomy being drawn between capabilities-based and threat-based force planning. He argues that post-Cold War force planning must be founded on a logical integration of threat- and capabilities-based planning methodologies. He then addresses the issue of the two Major Regional …

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Trends in German Defense Policy: The Defense Policy Guidelines and the Centralization of Operational Control

Author: Dr Thomas-Durell Young Like most of its NATO allies, the Federal Republic of Germany has undertaken a massive restructuring of its armed forces. The end of the Cold War, the need for unified Germany to assume responsibility for its security, and the current economic recession have made German defense planning extremely difficult. Bonn is …

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