A Strategic Planning Approach: Defining Alternative Counterterrorism Strategies as an Illustration
While the United States government has historically undertaken strategic reviews and produced numerous strategy documents, these have provided only very general directions for U.S. policymakers. This paper defines an approach to strategic planning and illustrates its application using the example of the critical national security topic of counterterrorism.
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An Approach to Strategic Planning
Implementing the Strategic Planning Approach Within the US Government
Define Different Means to Achieve Strategic Goal
Define Alternative Counterterrorism Strategies with Means Prioritized
Counterterrorism Strategy 1
Counterterrorism Strategy 2
Counterterrorism Strategy 3
Facilitate Choice of a Strategy
Steps to Take Once a Strategy Approach Is Chosen
CHAPTER FOURImplementing the Strategic Planning Approach Within the US Government
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