American Defense Policy / Edition 8

American Defense Policy / Edition 8

by Paul J. Bolt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801880947

ISBN-13: 9780801880940

Pub. Date: 06/30/2005

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

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

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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:
06/30/2005
Edition description:
eighth edition
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
1,297,041
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.27(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. IThe context of American defense policy
Introduction3
American power and the legacy of Washington : enduring principles for foreign and defense policy6
America's precarious eminence16
The triumph of just war theory (and the dangers of success)24
The paradoxes of American nationalism32
A grand strategy of transformation35
Toward universal empire : the dangerous quest for absolute security40
The future security environment, 2001-2025 : toward a consensus view48
The Pentagon's new map66
Rising China and U.S. interests : inevitable vs. contingent hazards69
New battle stations?76
Pt. IIAmerican defense policy process
Introduction83
The constitution and national security : the intent of the framers88
The war power : no checks, no balance106
Legal constraints117
"No bad stories" : the American media-military relationship128
The military establishment, the president, and congress139
Unified at last151
National security strategy and policy development158
National security resource allocation172
The new PPBS process to advance transformation180
Defense planning in a decade of change187
The defense budget : is it transformational?194
Pt. IIIThe changing instruments of American defense policy
Introduction203
Cavalry to computer : the pattern of military revolutions208
Choosing a strategy216
The art of war229
Understanding transformation237
To what ends military power?242
Command of the commons : the military foundations of U.S. hegemony248
Making economic sanctions work269
Building peace in the wake of war : appropriate roles for armed forces and civilians282
The complex context of American military culture : a practitioner's view296
Professional military education : an asset for peace and progress302
Military undergraduate security education for the new millennium314
Educating international security practitioners : the role of research centers and professional outreach programs316
Military education for the new age322
Pt. IVContemporary perspectives on defense policy
Introduction329
Supreme command in the twenty-first century334
The gap : soldiers, civilians, and their mutual misunderstanding338
Infusing civil-military relations norms in the officer corps344
The strategic impact and military effectiveness of the air and missile campaign360
The navy in an anti-access world365
Afghanistan and the future of warfare371
Totem and taboo : depolarizing the space weaponization debate377
Shift to a global perspective391
The case against new nuclear weapons398
The pros and cons of new nuclear weapons402
The United States needs space-based missile defense405
Is missile defense on target?409
Rethinking terrorism and counterterrorism since September 11416
Combating terrorism : with a helmet or a badge?424
Connecting the dots : the challenge of improving the creation and sharing of knowledge about terrorists432
Using the military at home : yesterday, today, and tomorrow441

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