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    Analyze what strategic planning is and why it is so important to public organizations. Include the key elements and characteristics of a strategic planning process. Also, analyze strategic planning models and apply one of the models to your public organization (Customs and Border Protection), explaining why you have chosen that specific model.

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    In this particular problem, you are being asked by your professor to put together a paper on the strategic planning process as it relates to the company/organization you are working with - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. To do this, you need to combine principles of your study with information regarding your company.

    I suggest the following outline:

    1. Cover Page/Abstract
    2. Introduction - what is this paper about? 150 words.
    3. Principles of Organizational Strategic Planning - what are the key principles to remember? 300 words.
    4. Models of Strategic Planning - what models are there and what are the models most utilized by CBP and why? 300 words.
    5. Application of Strategic Planning Principles in relation to the CBP - 2 paragraphs, 2 models, 2 samples, 600 words.
    6. Conclusion - 150 words or more
    7. References/Resources

    The sample outline above should cover what you need. Remember however to include ideas from your current class material to ensure that concepts from there are presented as this will be expected by your professor.

    Strategic Planning: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) is one of the Primary arms of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its main role is a fundamental one in terms of keeping the American way of life secure and protected. The CBP is a federal law enforcement agency tasked to regulate and facilitate international trade, enforce American regulations and policies including in the areas of trade, customs and immigration. Additionally, the CBP collects import duties creating revenue that supports American programs and ensures the continuity of fundamental welfare and government benefits and services. As a DHS arm it is the largest law enforcement body in the U.S., with around 46,000 federal officers and agents active across the US. To prevent terrorism from ever happening again in U.S. soil, CBP is tasked with the prime mission of ensuring that terrorists and their weapons do not enter the U.S.. They apprehend individuals who attempt to enter American territory illegally, especially those with criminal records whose entry into US soil engenders the American public at risk. They are also responsible of policing American borders to ensure that the influx of illegal immigrants, contraband and illegal drugs are stemmed to protect the American public from the risks they pose including the protection of American agricultural and economic interests. Specialists also ensure that harmful organisms carried by contraband or unscreened flora and fauna carried through American ports do not gain entry. Lastly, all products in and out of the US are screened for the purpose of protecting US intellectual property. All these indeed mean the CBP is a mammoth operation, with a fundamental task essential in the continuance of the American way of life. This means that to ensure the tasks are met, the CBP as an organization must put in place strategic approaches and operationalise them. It is only via careful planning and strategizing that tasks are met as resources are finite and certain goals must be met within a particular time frame. This discussion attempts to present key strategic principles and models of use to the CBP.

    Principles of Organizational Strategic Planning

    What is organizational strategic planning? The simplest explanation is that as a process, strategic planning is about laying out the elements and actions that an organization must undertake to get to its ideal future position or condition. Where does the organization want to be in the future - in the short term and in the long term? By continually and constantly planning the process and the actions that it must undertake to get to ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution provides information, assistance and advise in helping the student complete the task (see above) on the topic of strategic planning. An outline is presented, strategic planning models are also introduced and applied in the analysis of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. Resources are listed for further exploration oft he topic. An outline is also suggested.