The national security policy recommendation will build on the background assessment from Writing Assignment 1 (but not recopy or repeat it).
Write a policy recommendation for a relevant national security issue using the DIMEFIL framework for a specific national security issue you selected from among a list of options provided in Assignment 1 and based upon the same main national security policy background you prepared for the same issue.
The intent is that your policy recommendation contains specific counters to the capabilities you identified in your first writing assignment using the PMESII framework.
Your policy recommendation must include the following:
” Identification and definition of the important issues related to the specific national security issue you selected using the DIMEFIL framework
” A brief review of the opposing capabilities you identified using the PMESII framework
” At least two distinct policy options that are conceptualizations of creative alternative solutions to use US national DIMEFIL capabilities to offset/counter enemy PMESII capabilities
” Assessments of the advantages and disadvantages of each policy option using the DIMEFIL and PMESII frameworks to compare how well each uses US national DIMEFIL capabilities offset/counter enemy PMESII capabilities
” Anticipation of reactions and objections from the US national perspective to each policy option
” Your specific policy recommendation from among the options presented and assessed based upon the DIMEFIL-PMESII comparison and anticipated reactions and objections (NOT a hybrid option from among the options presented).
” Your background assessment should be at least 12 pages of text (not including the Title Page or the Bibliography).
o This means a roughly one-page assessment of each DIMEFIL element (~ 7 pages),
o two-page descriptions of policy options and DIMEFIL-PMESII comparisons (~4-6 pages),
o plus an introduction and a policy recommendation (~ 2 pages).
” Type in Times New Roman, 12 point and double space.
” Use the Turabian Style as the citation and reference style for this assignment.
” Supported by at least four credible scholarly sources (i.e., books, peer reviewed journals, articles, archived documents, etc., and NOT Wikipedia or encyclopedic type sources).
The assignment will be graded using the rubric below.
Introduction 5 pts
” Describes topic briefly — 2 pts
” Identifies and explains the important issues related to the specific national security issue — 3 pts
PMESII Assessment Review 5 pts
” Brief review of the opposing capabilities you identified using the PMESII framework – 5 pts
DIMEFIL Assessment 50 pts
” Diplomatic assessment – 8 pts
” Information assessment – 7 pts
” Military assessment – 7 pts
” Economic assessment – 8 pts
” Finance assessment – 7 pts
” Intelligence assessment – 7 pts
” Legal/Law Enforcement assessment – 6 pts
Policy options and recommendation Presented your specific policy options and policy recommendation based upon the DIMEFIL assessment presented – 40 pts
” Policy options (at least two) and DIMEFIL-PMESII comparisons – 30 pts
” Policy recommendation (recommended one of the policy options presented and not a hybrid) – 10 pts
” Length – at least 12 pages
” Sources – used a sufficient number of credible, scholarly sources (at least four)
As a reminder and to set you up for success on this week’s writing assignment, here is a step-by-step method for a good way to approach the DIMEFIL writing assignment that also puts it in context with the PMESII writing assignment to help you understand it further.
Step 1: Select national security issue (Week 3 writing assignment).
Step 2: Identify and assess enemy capabilities using the PMESII construct (Week 3 writing assignment).
Step 3: Identify and assess friendly (US) capabilities using the DIMEFIL construct (Week 6 writing assignment part 1).
Step 4: Create at least two policy options by using the friendly (US) capabilities identified using the DIMEFIL construct to counter/offset the enemy capabilities identified using the PMESII construct. Note the each policy option must address all seven aspects of the DIMEFIL construct to be complete (which is why we use this construct to provide a framework and standardization for the policies you create) (Week 6 writing assignment part 2).
DIMEFIL Friendly (US) Capability Offset/counters
enemy PMESII Capability
” Diplomatic friendly capabilities Political enemy capabilities
” Information friendly capabilities Information enemy capabilities
” Military friendly capabilities Military enemy capabilities
” Economic friendly capabilities Economic enemy capabilities
” Financial friendly capabilities
” Infrastrucutre friendly capabilities Infrastrucutre enemy capabilities
” Legal/Law Enforcement friendly capabilities Social enemy capabilities
Note that the DIMEFIL assessment is more comprehensive for economic issues than the PMESII construct, since the DIMEFIL addresses both Econmic and Financial aspects of friendly (US) capacities.
Step 5: Compare the two (or more) policies you have created to determine how well each uses the friendly (US) capabilities identified by the DIMEFIL construct to counter/offset the enemy capabilities identified using the PMESII construct. Note that you also need to determine anticipated reactions and objectives to each policy option you create, which helps determine their feasibility, acceptability, and suitability as policy options (Week 6 writing assignment part 3).
Step 6: Recommend one of the policy options you have created, and use the results of your Step 5 comparison to provide the justification for your recommendation (Week 6 writing assignment part 4).
I hope this way of explaining the Week 6 writing assignment helps you acquire a better understanding of the requiremeiqunt and process for this assignment.