Strategic foresight: applications for COVID-19 and wildland fire management
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Fire Management Today. 80(1): 26–31
Strategic foresight, also known as Futures, is an applied field that uses a suite of methods to explore possible, plausible, and preferable future states in order to support today's decision making and management. Strategic foresight is widely used by (among others): All U.S. military branches and intelligence agencies, Many companies from the Fortune 500 as well as smaller businesses, and The United Nations and International Monetary Fund. Because the work tends to be proprietary or classified, the results are rarely made public, making strategic foresight less well known than its widespread use would suggest. The Forest Service's Northern Research Station's Strategic Foresight research team (see the sidebar) has been building a strategic foresight program to address issues in forestry and natural-area management and to broaden the understanding of these methods within the public sector.
Westphal, Lynne M.; Bengston, David N.; Crabtree, Jason. 2022. Strategic foresight: applications for COVID-19 and wildland fire management. Fire Management Today. 80(1): 26–31