Strategic Planning Guidance

Deterring Russia in the Gray Zone

Author: Michael C. McCarthy, Matthew A. Moyer, Brett H. Venable The United States lacks a cohesive strategy to deter Russian aggression. Despite being militarily and economically inferior, Russia has undermined the United States and its allies by exploiting the “gray zone,” or the conceptual space between war and peace where nations compete to advance their …

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Conventional Deterrence and Landpower in Northeastern Europe

Author: Michael A. Hunzeker, Alexander Lanoszka The United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) face daunting challenges in the Baltic region. Russia is behaving aggressively. Its military is more capable than it has been at any point since the end of the Cold War. More importantly, Russia is finding creative ways to subvert …

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Scenario Planning and Strategy in the Pentagon

Author: Dr Michael Fitzsimmons Scenario planning should be one of the Pentagon’s most important tools for developing strategy for an uncertain future. However, the formalized joint scenario planning process to support strategy and force development—Support for Strategic Analysis—has faced many challenges over the past 2 decades, and has ultimately proven less influential than intended on …

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