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James WirtzJames Wirtz, Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, co-editor of Planning the Unthinkable: How New Powers Will Use Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons:
In this fine overview of the Clinton administration's Counterproliferation Initiative, Brian Bates and Chris McHorney tackle this complex planning issue by systematically describing the competing policies intended to bolster the ability of US military units to operate on 21st century battlefields. They describe the evolution, philosophy and limits of the US military to counter the political and strategic consequences produced by the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. Bates and McHorney identify the bureaucratic compromise that shaped the Counterproliferation Initiative and explain how the distinction between nonproliferation and counterproliferation is unclear in theory and in practice... an important and thoughtful introduction to a defense policy that will become increasingly important in the years ahead.