1st Edition

Defence Planning as Strategic Fact

ISBN 9780367417239
Published October 14, 2019 by Routledge
148 Pages

USD $155.00

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Book Description

Defence Planning as Strategic Fact provides and elaborates on an "upstream" focus on the variegated organizational, political and conceptual practices of military, civilian administrative and political leaderships involved in defence planning, offering an important security and strategic studies supplement to the traditional "downstream" focus on the use of force.

The book enables the reader to engage with the role of ideas in defence planning, of organizational processes and biases, path dependencies and administrative dynamics under the pressures of continuously changing domestic and international constraints. The chapters show how defence planning must be seen as a constitutive element of defence and strategic studies – that it is a strategic fact of its own which merits particular practical and scholarly attention.

As defence planning creates the conditions behind every peace upheld or broken and every war won or lost, Defence Planning as Strategic Fact will be of great use to scholars of defence studies, strategic studies, and military studies. This book was originally published as a special issue of Defence Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Defence planning as strategic fact

Henrik Breitenbauch and André Ken Jakobsson

1. Defense planning beyond rationalism: the third off set strategy as a case of metagovernance

Magnus Christiansson

2. Tradeoffs in defense strategic planning: lessons from the U.S. Quadrennial Defense Review

Jordan Tama

3. The role of ideas in defense planning: revisiting the revolution in military affairs

Benjamin M. Jensen

4. The US perspective on future war: why the US relies upon Ares rather than Athena

Jan Angstrom

5. Rediscovering geography in NATO defence planning

Alexander Mattelaer

6. Questioning the “Sanctity” of long-term defense planning as practiced in Central and Eastern Europe

Thomas-Durell Young

7. Defense planning when major changes are needed

Paul K. Davis

Conclusion - Coda: exploring defence planning in future research

Henrik Breitenbauch and André Ken Jakobsson

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Henrik Breitenbauch heads the Centre for Military Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Centre advises Denmark’s parliament and government on strategy, defence, and security issues.

André Ken Jakobsen is a Carlsberg Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Military Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, with a project on grey zone conflicts and great power politics.