Ausland, John C.; Richardson, Hugh F.
January 1966
Foreign Affairs;Jan1966, Vol. 44 Issue 2, p291
The article analyzes how policy-makers in the United States managed critical national security problems. The Berlin Task Force constituted the largest effort to solve the problem of coordination. Anyone with a proper interest was welcomed to plenary task-force meetings. At times, attendance went as high as 60, with nine different departments or agencies represented. Since a group of this size obviously could not actually do the work, smaller working groups were used. With regard to Cyprus, there were three American Embassies immediately involved those in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey. In Nicosia, since most elements of the Embassy had a role to play, the Ambassador frequently consulted the full country team before making critical decisions. All key national security agencies are busy looking into their crystal balls, attempting to predict the future. The armed forces are the most ambitious, with the longest-range plan projecting 20 years. Their requirements, including complex weapons systems, dictate that they make assumptions at least a decade in advance.


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