Planning America's Security: Lessons from the National Defense Panel

Planning America's Security: Lessons from the National Defense Panel

Planning America's Security: Lessons from the National Defense Panel

Planning America's Security: Lessons from the National Defense Panel

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This report examines the lessons learned from the first National Defense Panel (NDP), which completed its final report on long-term defense issues in December 1997. Both authors provided analytic support to the NDP in the summer and fall of 1997 and witnessed firsthand the evolution of the NDP, its staff, and, in the end, the panel's substantive conclusions. In the process of preparing this report, the authors drew on their experience, as well as on dozens of interviews with people who were directly involved in or close to the NDP and the related exercise under way at the time, the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).

This work was performed within the International Security and Defense Policy Center of RAND's National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the defense agencies, and the unified commands.

This report is primarily intended for congressional and Pentagon staff with an interest in the workings of future NDPs, as well as future NDP management teams that can benefit from insights based on past events.

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