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Charles P. Ries.

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Author: Ries, Charles P.
Vernacular: "Every president needs a decisionmaking system that harnesses the full capabilities and accumulated wisdom of the U.S. government and the nation's many stakeholders. Yet national security professionals--the officials who must advise the president on the most-difficult decisions ђ́ؤ cite a range of structural problems that hinder effective policymaking. While a more focused and timely decisionmaking process will not necessarily improve outcomes for the United States, poor choices could be calamitous. This Perspective analyzes a range of management challenges in the national security system and presents eight recommendations for strengthening U.S. decisionmaking and oversight of policy implementation. Among the conclusions: The National Security Council staff size should be reduced to better focus on high-priority areas. Civil-military operations should be planned by a new joint office at the State Department with a military general officer as deputy. Red-team and lessons-learned efforts would help ensure that the system is adaptive and responsive. Better integration of intelligence insights and secondments of senior officials across agencies can improve the quality and coherence of decisionmaking. And the use of special envoys, or "czars," should be limited"--Publisher's description.
Published: Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, [2016]
Series: Perspective (Rand Corporation) ; PE-192-RC.
Topics: National security - United States - 21st century. | Civil-military relations - United States. | Terrorism - United States - Prevention - 21st century. | Terrorism - Risk assessment - United States - 21st century. | Intelligence service - Methodology. | POLITICAL SCIENCE - Security (National & International)
Regions: United States.
Genres: Electronic books.
Online Access: Connect to eMaterial (Available to all)
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