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Dr. Janine Davison

Dr. Janine Davison, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans, discussed planning national security in the context of global change on Thursday April 7 at 1500 in Quarters C at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Dr. Davidson discussed how changes in the global context inform the way that we operate and what we do when implementing US foreign and defense policy. She outlined her assessment of US initiatives in research and development to build for the future, how we balance risk in the force posture, set diplomatic agendas for prevention, innovate in light of globalization, and protect the shared global commons.

Differentiating the function of plans from strategy and force posture responsibilities in the Department of Defense, Dr. Davidson provided her views of the top down and bottom up processes, where she sees the opportunity for creative thinking, and the key questions that she would like to see the academic community, including our talented graduate students, tackle in research projects and in classroom analytic skills.   

She looks with the policy lens at the role of planning and in particular, how the Obama administration frames the challenges for the U.S. and members of the international community. Dr. Davidson reminds us that among the challenges of operationalizing strategy there is the political reality that while the military services are in action implementing national policy, they themselves engage in internal debates. How can the OSD Policy work most effectively with the military services (the implementers) on a shared vision, shared priorities, and faithful representation of America's core values?

Most recently, President Obama expressed competing ‘goods’ at the National Defense University in response to recent large-scale social movements pressing for democracy in the Middle East:

“The United States will not be able to dictate the pace and scope of this change, but I believe that this movement of change cannot be turned back, and that we must stand alongside those who believe in the same core principles that have guided us through many storms: our opposition to violence directed against one's own citizens; our support for a set of universal rights, including the freedom for people to express themselves and choose their leaders; our support for governments that are ultimately responsive to the aspirations of the people."

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