Strategic Planning for the Next President

Strategic Planning for the Next President

Abstract

The next President inevitably will face difficult tradeoffs in U.S. foreign policy. Trying to split the difference between opposing policy positions can present serious risks. The presentation of real choices to the chief executive is central to his or her authority. A President should be made aware of the options. Then it is up to him or her to decide. The author contends that strategic planning can help, and concludes with six specific recommendations for NSC reform.

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