Tuesday, January 10, 2012

security strategy process

Last week, the President went to the Pentagon to unveil a revised defense strategy that involves budget cuts, a pivot to Asia, and an end to the "two-war" requirement for force sizing. Much of the reporting has been on the politics of the decision, but I think there's also an interesting aspect tot he policy process used to fashion the new strategy.  As Scott Wilson and Greg Jaffe report, President Obama held a series of meetings over four months with military commanders as well as the regular national security team. Some participants said the President was, as during his Afghanistan policy review in 2009, "professor-in-chief," asking questions and demanding logic and evidence in the answers.  That is the way to run the railroad.

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