strategic planning


strategic planning

Does Taking the Long View Help?

Monday, November 21st, 2016 - 18:07
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 16:53
In 1996, Congress mandated the Defense Department to conduct a “quadrennial defense review” (QDR) of plausible future national security scenarios and to assess the effectiveness of different mixes of resources in addressing these scenarios.  These reviews – looking 15 to 20 years into the future -- are conducted every four years to inform Defense strategic efforts. 

Maximizing the Value of Quadrennial Strategic Planning

Monday, November 21st, 2016 - 12:32
A new law adopted in 2010 requires all agencies to prepare new four-year strategic plans in the first year of each administration.  First drafts of these plans are due to the Office of Management and Budget in June 2017.

Is Foresight an Ethical Imperative?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 - 11:25
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:20
Greenleaf’s statement is pretty strong.  And most people would think that he refers to political leaders.  But his observation is pointed at leaders at all levels.  Efforts to create a strategic foresight capacity in the U.S. federal government have experienced fits and starts over the past 40 years.  But in recent years, there has been some progress at the agency level, largely at the behest of political and career leaders who appreciate the value of foresight as part of their decision making processes.

Magnifying the Voice of the Future

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 - 10:40
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 09:29
Dr. Boston, visiting the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship, sums up some of his initial research on how the U.S. and several other democratic countries address long-term policy issues, in a recent presentation at American University.

Best Practices for Succession Planning in Federal Government STEMM Positions

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 - 8:25
In fact, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology estimates that, given present trends, there will be one million fewer STEMM graduates over the next decade than the nation is expected to need.

What Agency Leaders Need to Know About Federal Acquisition

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 - 12:12
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 11:30
Most agencies in the U.S. government rely on products—goods and services—acquired through contracts to perform core functions, pursue agency objectives, and achieve mission success. In FY12, the federal government acquired $517 billion worth of products through contracts.

The Operator's Manual - An Update of Chapter 2: Performance

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 - 14:36
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 13:25

Managing Risk the Smart Way

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 - 11:42
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 11:37
In their HBR article, “Managing Risks:  A New Framework,” Kaplan and Mikes say: “risk management is too often treated as a compliance issue that can be solved by drawing up lots of rules and making sure that all employees follow them.” 

Robert A. F. Reisner

Friday, November 18th, 2011 - 11:46
Robert A. F. Reisner is the President of Transformation Strategy Inc., a boutique strategy consulting firm that works with global firms and specialists in multiple disciplines to fashion creative solutions for clients in the public and private sectors. He is the author of “When a Turnaround Stalls” in the Harvard Business Review (February 2002) and numerous technical papers on issues ranging from strategic planning to innovation to institutional transformation.

Improving Business Operations of the U.S. Department of Defense

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 - 14:31
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 10:40
The imperative to improve the business operations of the U.S. Department of Defense has never been greater. Secretary of Defense Gates and Deputy Secretary Lynn have clearly articulated the pressing need for reform, driving action across all business areas such as acquisition and logistics, finance, and personnel. Transforming these business processes and systems is motivated by the need to make better use of resources, improve stewardship, and provide the best support possible to the warfighters.