Analysis of Strategy and Strategies of Analysis

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Rand Corporation, 2008 - Political Science - 76 pages
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In a fluid global security environment such as ours, assessing the costs, risks, and likely consequences of alternative national defense strategies is as hard as it is essential. The authors show how, even in the face of uncertainty, the costs and other implications of any strategy can be assessed by examining the capabilities needed by U.S. combatant commands--the chief agents of strategy--to fulfill what the strategy expects of them.

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David C. Gompert is a Distinguished Research Professor at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, The National Defense University. Prior to this, he was the Senior Advisor for National Security and Defense at the Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq. Mr. Gompert has held senior positions at the State Department, the National Security Council, and the RAND Corporation, and in the information technology industry. He has published extensively on international affairs, national security policy, and information technology. His books include Right Makes Might: Freedom and Power in the Information Age and Mind the Gap: A Transatlantic Revolution in Military Affairs. Mr. Gompert holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Irving Lachow is a Professor of Systems Management at The National Defense University and Director of the Information Resources Management College's Advanced Management Program. Previously, Dr. Lachow was a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he managed projects in the areas of IT Strategy and Planning for numerous government clients. Dr. Lachow has extensive experience in both IT and national security. He has worked for Digital Signature Trust, the RAND Corporation, and the Office of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Advanced Systems & Concepts). Dr. Lachow received his Ph.D. in Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He earned a B.A. Political Science and a B.S. in Physics from Stanford University. Justin Perkins is a Research Associate with the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, The National Defense University. Before working with NDU, he served as COO for World Blu, Inc., a consulting firm pioneering the field of organizational democracy, and as co-founder and director of Afrique Profonde, a human rights organization in Congo. He also has been involved with several small businesses and served for several years as a water resources administrator for the State of Colorado. Mr. Perkins holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in History and World Perspectives.

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