Strategic Responsiveness: Does Capability Support Strategy?
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Colonel Keith Sledd
US Army

USAWC Class of 2009

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.



Beginning in 2001, the National Defense Strategy changed as DOD began implementing capabilities-based planning and strategy and by moving to an expeditionary force primarily based in the continental United States. This and each subsequent change in national defense strategy increasingly required a strategically responsive joint force to support U.S national strategy. Research shows the strategic responsiveness of the joint force has not evolved simultaneously with strategy to meet requirements for the military's two fundamental tasks to deter and wage war in support of US national policy and national strategy.

This AY-09 USAWC Student author argues that the result is a gap between the strategic ends and the means to achieve it.

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