• August 4th, 2017

Strategic Theory

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General Instructions
• Your answers will be typed and double-spaced. Use Times New Roman 12-pitch font and one-inch margins.
• Type your answers directly into the spaces provided. Your typed responses will be double-spaced sentences (not bullets).
• Your answers should be approximately one typed page for each question. Limit your answers to one page; for question # 6, do not exceed two pages.


1. The military is an instrument of national power. Pick two other instruments of national power and briefly describe them. Give at least two examples of each

a) Instrument of national power


b) Two examples

c) Instrument of national power

d) Two examples

2. One ‘end’ defined in the National Security Strategy 2010 is the security of the United States, its citizens, and U.S. allies and partners. A means associated with this end is U.S. nuclear forces. Explain at least one way that U.S. nuclear forces will be used to achieve this end (refer to the QDR 2014, Section II, The Defense Strategy).

3. Using the QDR 2014 regarding the future security environment, describe the most significant threat, challenge, and opportunity and explain your rationale for choosing each.

a) Threat

b) Challenge

c) Opportunity

d) Rationale

4. Define a state and discuss whether states are still relevant.

a) Provide a definition of a state using the C200 course materials. Be sure to cite the author or doctrinal reference you used.

b) Are states still relevant in the 21st century? Explain why or why not.

5. For what purpose does the Geographic Combatant Commander conduct a Strategic Estimate?

6. Describe how the Geographic Combatant Commander translates the strategic guidance and direction [contained in either the Guidance for Employment of the Force (GEF) or the Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan (JSCP)] into planning for theater strategy. [16 points; Do not exceed two pages for this question.]

a) GEF


7. Define strategy and explain how it informs planning.

a) Provide a definition of strategy using the C200 course materials. Be sure to cite the author or doctrinal reference you used.

b) How does strategy inform planning? Explain.

8. Describe how Crisis Action Planning differs from Deliberate Planning.

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