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Strategic Net Assessment: Opportunities and Pitfalls

Peter Roberts and Sidharth Kaushal
RUSI Journal, 28 January 2019
Defence Policy, Intelligence
What are the strengths of strategic net assessment?

The recent interest in a net assessment capability by the UK Ministry of Defence raises questions regarding the usefulness of this instrument. While some might argue that the eclectic nature of net assessment breaks the moribund and short-term thinking that can all too often blinker policy, others contend that it is little more than shorthand for unstructured, unsubstantiated and often Delphic pronouncements. In this article, Peter Roberts and Sidharth Kaushal argue that the key to leveraging the strengths of net assessment is understanding the nature of the tool and the ways in which flexibility can be married with rigour to glean insights from this method while minimising its pitfalls.

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Professor Peter Roberts
Director Military Sciences, RUSI

Peter is Director of Military Sciences at the Royal United Services Institute, having been the Senior Research Fellow for Sea Power and... read more

Dr Sidharth Kaushal
Research Fellow, Sea Power

Sidharth Kaushal research at RUSI covers the impact of technology on maritime doctrine in the 21st century and the role of sea... read more

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