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The Competitive Strategies Concept: Giving the U.S. A Battlefield Edge

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Publication Date: April 1989

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Jay P. Kosminsky

Topic: Military and defense (Military planning, strategy, and operations)

Keywords: National security

Type: Report


Competitive Strategies is a new Pentagon policy-planning strategy that offers great potential for improving U.S. defenses. Competitive Strategies finds ways for the U.S. to take full advantage of inherent American military strengths while fully exploiting Soviet weaknesses. In practice this often means fielding advanced weapons that cannot be countered easily or cheaply by Moscow. Yet Competitive Strategies is a relatively new approach to defense planning, and some serious questions have been raised about its costs and long-term military effectiveness.