American Defense Policy / Edition 8

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American Defense Policy has been a mainstay for instructors of courses in political science, international relations, military affairs, and American national security for over 25 years. The updated and thoroughly revised eighth edition considers questions of continuity and change in America's defense policy in the face of a global climate beset by geopolitical tensions, rapid technological change, and terrorist violence.

On September 11, 2001, the seemingly impervious United States was handed a very sharp reality check. In this new atmosphere of fear and vulnerability, policy makers were forced to make national security their highest priority, implementing laws and military spending initiatives to combat the threat of international terrorism. In this volume, experts examine the many factors that shape today's security landscape—America's values, the preparation of future defense leaders, the efforts to apply what we have learned from Afghanistan and Iraq to the transformation of America's military, reflection on America's nuclear weapons programs and missile defense, the threat of terrorism, and the challenges of homeland security—which are applied to widely varied approaches to national defense strategy.

This invaluable and prudent text remains a classic introduction to the vital security issues facing the United States throughout its history and breaks new ground as a thoughtful and comprehensive starting point in understanding American defense policy and its role in the world today.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801880940
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Edition description: eighth edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 751,650
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul J. Bolt is a professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Damon V. Coletta is an associate professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Lt. Col. Collins G. Shackelford, Jr. is an assistant professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The context of American defense policy
Introduction 3
American power and the legacy of Washington : enduring principles for foreign and defense policy 6
America's precarious eminence 16
The triumph of just war theory (and the dangers of success) 24
The paradoxes of American nationalism 32
A grand strategy of transformation 35
Toward universal empire : the dangerous quest for absolute security 40
The future security environment, 2001-2025 : toward a consensus view 48
The Pentagon's new map 66
Rising China and U.S. interests : inevitable vs. contingent hazards 69
New battle stations? 76
Pt. II American defense policy process
Introduction 83
The constitution and national security : the intent of the framers 88
The war power : no checks, no balance 106
Legal constraints 117
"No bad stories" : the American media-military relationship 128
The military establishment, the president, and congress 139
Unified at last 151
National security strategy and policy development 158
National security resource allocation 172
The new PPBS process to advance transformation 180
Defense planning in a decade of change 187
The defense budget : is it transformational? 194
Pt. III The changing instruments of American defense policy
Introduction 203
Cavalry to computer : the pattern of military revolutions 208
Choosing a strategy 216
The art of war 229
Understanding transformation 237
To what ends military power? 242
Command of the commons : the military foundations of U.S. hegemony 248
Making economic sanctions work 269
Building peace in the wake of war : appropriate roles for armed forces and civilians 282
The complex context of American military culture : a practitioner's view 296
Professional military education : an asset for peace and progress 302
Military undergraduate security education for the new millennium 314
Educating international security practitioners : the role of research centers and professional outreach programs 316
Military education for the new age 322
Pt. IV Contemporary perspectives on defense policy
Introduction 329
Supreme command in the twenty-first century 334
The gap : soldiers, civilians, and their mutual misunderstanding 338
Infusing civil-military relations norms in the officer corps 344
The strategic impact and military effectiveness of the air and missile campaign 360
The navy in an anti-access world 365
Afghanistan and the future of warfare 371
Totem and taboo : depolarizing the space weaponization debate 377
Shift to a global perspective 391
The case against new nuclear weapons 398
The pros and cons of new nuclear weapons 402
The United States needs space-based missile defense 405
Is missile defense on target? 409
Rethinking terrorism and counterterrorism since September 11 416
Combating terrorism : with a helmet or a badge? 424
Connecting the dots : the challenge of improving the creation and sharing of knowledge about terrorists 432
Using the military at home : yesterday, today, and tomorrow 441
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