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Building An Arsenal
     

Building An Arsenal

by Amit Gupta
 

In the new world disorder, U.S. forces and military doctrine are being reconfigured to deal with the threat posed by regional powers. This change in military doctrine has resulted from the perceived intentions of various regional powers to build advanced conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction. Gupta argues that such a strategy is a response to the

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In the new world disorder, U.S. forces and military doctrine are being reconfigured to deal with the threat posed by regional powers. This change in military doctrine has resulted from the perceived intentions of various regional powers to build advanced conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction. Gupta argues that such a strategy is a response to the announced or supposed intentions of regional powers rather than to their actual capabilities. He follows the pathologies of the Cold War where the Soviet Union's military intentions were countered without taking into account its actual military capability. The result was an escalating arms race. In the post-Cold War context, continuing such Cold War pathologies not only sustains high defense spending but also leads to losing opportunities for co-opting regional powers into institutional mechanisms for creating a more peaceful and stable international system. In order to study the gap between intentions and capabilities, Gupta carries out an in-depth analysis of the weapons acquisition process in India, Israel, and Brazil. He then uses his analyses of regional power military capability to examine the sort of role that this class of countries can play in the emerging international system.

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The author, assistant professor of political science at Stonehill College, argues that the reconfiguration of US forces and military doctrine in terms of the threat posed by regional powers is based not on their actual capabilities but on announced or supposed intentions. He examines the weapons acquisition and arms production of India, Israel, and Brazil, and concludes by discussing the implications that the rise of militarized regional powers has for US national security policy in the emerging international system. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275957872
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1997
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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AMIT GUPTA is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stonehill College

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