Jordan Tama

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Jordan Tama is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University. His scholarship generally examines the politics, institutions, and processes of U.S. foreign and national security policy. His research on strategic planning has recently been published in Political Science Quarterly and the Journal of Public Policy.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Why Strategic Planning Matters to National Security

Editor's Note: Most national security bureaucracies regularly go through time-consuming reviews and strategic planning exercises. Are these efforts valuable? Jordan Tama of American University argues that they are – at least some of the time and under select conditions. Reviews can change policy when an external crisis or failure challenges existing policy and when the president or other senior leaders are directly involved. In addition, they can help bureaucracies achieve buy-in and otherwise sort themselves out.