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Title: Basis for a Rational Defense: Acquiring the Right Capability
Authors: J. David Patterson
Keywords: Rational Defense
Threat-Based Planning
Capability-Based Planning
Issue Date: 30-Apr-2012
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Threat-based Planning
Abstract: Once the Soviet Union was gone, the United States set about adjusting its national security strategy and its planning approach to deal with what appeared to be a void in adversaries. Meanwhile, the United States dealt with the Iraq invasion of Kuwait. The U.S. military and its allies handled the Iraqi invasion quickly and in a manner that appeared effortless. The ease with which the United States and its allies operated in and over Iraq in 1991 was due largely to the formidable conventional capability available, a legacy of the Cold War. The first Gulf War proved to U.S. military planners, if nothing else, that other world actors could be dangerous; but who were they, and where and when might they become a real threat? Uncertainty became the focus of tailoring a military capability. However, military planners knew that some level of capability was required for the United States to remain the superpower. Consequently, threat-based planning gave way to capability-based planning. With the adoption of capability-based planning came problems. The most troubling problem was that capability-based planning drove the planning process to adjust necessary capability to fit a defense budget. This paper suggests that planners consider a more threat-based approach.
Description: Acquisition Management / Defense Acquisition Community Contributor
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