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Formulating National Security Strategy

  • CSIS 1616 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Strategies are shaped by the processes that produce them. If designed well, a strategy formulation process enables decisionmakers to evaluate the political, security, and budgetary environments, identify choices for an organization, weigh risks, opportunities, and tradeoffs, and determine the best way forward. A strategy formulation process determines which issues will be raised for decision, how issues are elevated to senior levels, what options are presented, who participates in the decisionmaking, and how the results are communicated both internally and externally.

Please join us for the release of the CSIS study Formulating National Security Strategy: Past Experiences and Future Choices and a panel discussion on strategy formulation in the Defense Department. The Trump administration is now developing a new defense and national security strategy, but these processes, and the resulting documents, have been heavily criticized in the past.  The study, prepared for DOD and mandated by the Congress, identifies key choices for policymakers in constructing a strategy formulation process and makes recommendations on best practices based on analysis of previous processes. Our panel will bring its extensive experience to bear, discussing what they have learned from past efforts and what they recommend for the current administration.

Event Details

  • Date: October 10, 2017

  • When: 9:30 - 11:00 AM

  • Where: CSIS HQ