Closing the Loop

April 1st 2009 - 12:00

How do defence-organisations (or organisations with comparable profiles) of other countries map out policy goals and how are policy goals related to activities and capabilities and the required financial means, and finally how does the feedback loop on the performance in all these areas take place?

To answer this question, the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) - in close cooperation with representatives from the Netherlands Defence Organisation (NDO)i - studied the planning processes of five defence organisations (Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, the United Kingdom) and of one non-defence organisation, the World Food Programme. The HCSS team faithfully followed the protocol for such benchmarking studies that was developed by TNO for the MoD.

Stephan De Spiegeleire is Principal Scientist at HCSS. He has Master’s degrees from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Columbia University in New York, as well as a C.Phil. degree in Political Science from UCLA. He worked for the RAND Corporation for nearly ten years, interrupted by stints at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and the WEU’s Institute for Security Studies. Mr. De Spiegeleire started out as a Soviet specialist, but has since branched out into several fields of international security and defense policy. His current work at HCSS focuses on strategic defense management, security resilience, network-centrism, capabilities-based planning, and the transformation of defense planning.