Reagan's Three Legged Stool Model

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In accordance with Lykke 3-legged stool model, a structured and operational strategy requires the balance of three, primary components: objectives, concepts and resources. While objectives, concepts and resources often equate to an operational strategy, they require a “means” by which they can achieve the ideal force structure. Of course, a formal declaration of one’s objectives and concepts may or may not reflect a military’s strategy in some cases-as noted by Lykke. As observed, Reagan’s Brandenburg speech emphasized the critical value of his objectives and concepts, but vaguely referenced the military resources provisions and strategic means of achieving the course of his strategies. This imbalance-propagated notion of foreign policy and human rights, but invited potential risks, in terms of asserting America’s military might. For the most part, Reagan’s political infrastructure stemmed from this three-legged stool model, and he was often hailed for his ability to counterbalance objectives, concepts and resources.…show more content…
His overarching concept was to dismantle the Communist regime and to propagate strategic alliances throughout the globe, forming a stronger, democratic network. Hence, this facet of the stool model was relatively solid and factored in to the military strategy equation mentioned by Lykke. However, the role that “concept” plays in his strategy goes much deeper than this. While he asserts democratic power, he is remiss to communicate aggression or opposition to any particular nation. He instead levels his attack against the “concept” of communism itself. He makes repeated references to the extended outcry of those oppressed in the communist regime, making a human appeal, rather than an offensive attack against communist nations. So far, he retains a clear balance in objectives and concepts and builds his military strategy

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