Strategic Shift: Appraising Recent Changes in U.S. Defense Plans and Priorities

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AUTHORS:
Linton Wells II and Richard L. Kugler

SUMMARY:
This paper examines major changes in U.S. defense plans and priorities that the Department of Defense (DOD) has issued through high level strategy and other guidance documents during 2012 and the beginning of 2013. It recommends that DOD “double down” in its pursuit of globally integrated operations through joint force integration in the context of the Capstone Concept for Joint Operations and the cross-domain synergy needed to operate effectively in the face of sophisticated adversaries.