From the Master's Thesis Abstract: "The National Security Council (NSC) is the locus of strategic policy planning for the United States, as it serves as the statutory strategic coordinating cell for the President. With the recent shift toward great power competition, consideration must be given to how the military and interagency integrate into policy at the strategic and operational levels of war. This study seeks to examine how the United States conducts strategic planning to understand the implications for the US effort in preparing for great power conflict and large scale combat operations. Recommendations from this study include making structural improvements in the NSC system that establish the importance of strategic planning, policy evaluation, and talent management. To accomplish this, both legislative and executive measures should be implemented to support progressive change. The study concludes by offering that synchronizing strategy across the interagency is a complex problem with no perfect solution. Instead, incremental changes should be made to improve the system with continued study focused on refining the process given a changing environment."
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