New Challenges for Defense Planning: Rethinking How Much Is Enough

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This book is a collection of essays by senior defense analysts at RAND, all of whom have been deeply involved in post-Cold War defense planning studies for the Department of Defense. The essays cover a wide spectrum of issues, including alternative strategies and structures for defense planning, conventional deterrence of Third World opponents, modernizing weapon systems and force structures, and planning under uncertainty (a major theme of the book as a whole). Some of the essays are sympathetic to current U.S. methods and policies, whereas others are critical, arguing that radical changes are needed. Taken as a whole, the book provides a provocative cross section of work by experts who understand both the theoretical issues and the practical considerations that the Department of Defense must address. The book will be of interest to policymakers, students of defense planning, and other readers seeking to understand the challenges and choices confronting defense planners as we approach the end of the century.

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This book contains 23 papers describing RAND studies of defense planning issues for the post-Cold War era. The rethinking of defense planning will go on for some years, but many of the ideas and conclusions presented here will continue to be quite germane. Some of the work discussed has already been influential, either in helping policymakers to shape the terms of debate or in providing information that contributed to choices made under uncertainty. While I have made no attempt to develop a monolithic "RAND view" on the many challenges defense planners face, readers will see in this collection themes and methodologies characteristic of RAND's recent defense-planning work. I hope these will be of interest to a broad class of individuals in government, military service, universities, and industry. My intention has been to seek papers that are problem-focused and interesting, that describe enough of the research and analytic reasoning to convey a sense of how the studies were conducted, and that should be useful for some years, despite also being topical. Most of the research underlying the papers in this book was accomplished in RAND's three national-security federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs): Project AIR FORCE, the Arroyo Center, and the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), which are sponsored by the Air Force, the Army, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff, respectively. The book itself was organized in RAND's Defense and Technology Planning Department and was made possible with substantial corporate funds and through the auspices of the RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies. RAND's national-security divisions also contributed research-support funds to cover some of the administrative expenses.Paul K. DavisCorporate Research ManagerDefense and Technology Planning

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Paul K. Davis is Lecturer at the University of Texas and at St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

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