ENCLOSURE F TO (3110.01)
1. General. The world has changed in many dramatic ways recently. The national military strategy reflects those changes, with the shift in focus to regional planning and adaptive planning offering more options for decision-makers. Forces must be ready to move from CONUS or forward-deployed locations to the scene of a crisis, able to mass overwhelming force and terminate conflict swiftly and decisively. The strategy recognizes the very positive developments in the former Soviet Union and acknowledges the changes brought about through the arms control process. Changes in the US Military Strategy include the following:
Threat of the uncertain and unknown
A smaller total force--the Base Force
CINCs drive the planning process
2. Planning for Deterrence and Warfighting. The main focus of adaptive planning and FDOs is deterrence. Although plans must allow for flexibility in deterrent action, they also must provide for the deployment and employment of decisive force to defeat an adversary should deterrence fail. The deploy decisive force and counterattack options are focused on warfighting and must not become graduated responses to an adversary's military actions.
3. Deliberate Planning and Execution. Deliberate planning allows commanders and planners to think through problems that are similar to those that may actually arise. For this reason alone, the concepts herein and the process that follows will be of great value. It is the intention of the JSCP to offer guidance that will lead to plans that are balanced between the details necessary for specific contingencies and the breadth required for unknown or unforeseen contingencies that may be necessary during execution. This JSCP implements the new national military strategy in support of the US national security strategy.
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