Military Decision-Making Processes: Case Studies Involving the Preparation, Commitment, Application and Withdrawal of Force

Military Decision-Making Processes: Case Studies Involving the Preparation, Commitment, Application and Withdrawal of Force

by Kevin Dougherty
     
 

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President Bill Clinton, speaking as might any commander-in-chief, on the eve of his decision to deploy ground troops to Bosnia in 1995, declared he had "no responsibility more grave than putting soldiers in harm's way." Such a statement suggests that a study of the decision-making process associated with the weighty matters of using force would be enlightening.

Overview

President Bill Clinton, speaking as might any commander-in-chief, on the eve of his decision to deploy ground troops to Bosnia in 1995, declared he had "no responsibility more grave than putting soldiers in harm's way." Such a statement suggests that a study of the decision-making process associated with the weighty matters of using force would be enlightening. Indeed, it is. The decision-making process is far from standardized nor is it simple.

While all individuals associated with important decisions about national security and the lives of America's service members take their responsibilities seriously, the processes by which they reach their conclusions are varied and complicated. The book traces eight traditional and emerging theories or models of decision-making by first explaining the components of each model and then by analyzing its practical application through three case studies. Each chapter concludes with a discussion of the utility and explanatory power of the particular model.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786477982
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/25/2013
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Dougherty, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, is the Assistant Commandant for Leadership Programs and an adjunct professor at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

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