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Continuity and Contingency in USAF Posture Planning

Continuity and Contingency in USAF Posture Planning


Posture planning is a juggling act. Because posture changes can be maddeningly slow to execute and, once implemented, difficult to change, planners must have a long time horizon. Good posture planning must distinguish powerful long-term trends from headline-grabbing but ephemeral events, have sufficient breadth to capture a wide range of possible posture demands, and be robust in the face of the inevitable uncertainties about where, when, and how U.S. interests will be challenged.

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Vick, Alan J., Stacie L. Pettyjohn, Meagan L. Smith, Sean M. Zeigler, Daniel Tremblay, and Phillip Johnson. 2016. "Continuity and Contingency in USAF Posture Planning." Rand Corporation. http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR1400/RR1471/RAND_RR1471.pdf

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