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Design and Joint Operation Planning

Daniel R. Green
Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Dan McCauley is a former United States Air Force officer who is currently a National Defense University assistant professor teaching at the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS) in Norfolk, Virginia. Professor McCauley served for 25 years as a B-52 and KC-135 instructor pilot, and in various staff capacities, including tours at the NATO AIRSOUTH Headquarters in Naples, Italy, and as a faculty member at the Canadian Forces College (2002-2006). He has served as the JCWS Strategy and Theater Campaign Planning course director, and, in addition to normal teaching responsibilities, has taught electives on NATO, The Interagency, and Joint Air and Space Power.
Abstract :

The current strategic operating environment in which US military forces operate has changed significantly in the past 20 years.2 The US military has shifted its strategy from a reactive, conventional-planning focus to one that encompasses a proactive, shaping strategy that focuses on a broad array of threats. Inherent within this shaping strategy is the requirement to set environmental conditions that directly or indirectly support US goals and objectives.3 To develop and execute a successful strategy, an in-depth understanding of the social make-up of the environment, to include the cultural, historical, religious, economic, and political aspects of that social framework, is necessary. Today’s military strategists and operational planners must be able to visualize the environment in all of its complexity to understand the competing actors and interests required in a shaping strategy.

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Design and Joint Operation Planning

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Volume 12, Number 1, - 2012

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