Accession Number : ADA148851
Title : Strategy, Policy and Contingency Planning. The US Defense Planning Process.
Descriptive Note : Study project rept.,
Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
Personal Author(s) : Carlson, J R ; Sierra, M J ; King, P A
Report Date : 23 May 1984
Pagination or Media Count : 68
Abstract : There is concern that the US defense planning process has difficulty in translating national-level policy guidance into viable defense contingency plans which, if implemented, produce winning outcomes. Some of the concerns center on the planning outcomes such as those achieved during the abortive mission to rescue the American hostages in Iran; the 1975 Mayaguez rescue operation; the 1970 North Vietman Sontay prison raid to free US prisoners of war; the Beirut terrorist bombing where 241 servicemen were killed; and even the successful 1983 Grenada invasion hailed as a success, yet faulted for major command and intelligence lapses. The study analyzed the current defense planning process; its current day viability; its relationship with National Command Authority guidance; and interviewed key planning officials throughout the Departments of Defense and State, and the National Security Council. It was concluded that the US defense planning process is functioning but not as specifically intended and is in need of corrective action and direction, especially in the area of crisis contingency planning.
Descriptors : *MILITARY STRATEGY , *CRISIS MANAGEMENT , *DEFENSE PLANNING , UNITED STATES , POLICIES , NATIONAL SECURITY , EMERGENCIES , MILITARY PLANNING
Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE