Inside Defense: Understanding the U. S. Military in the 21st Century

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, humanitarian relief operations in Southeast Asia, Pakistan and Louisiana have catapulted the military onto front pages and TV reports everywhere and every day. While the military’s unique mission is to defend freedom by “fighting and winning the nation’s wars”, it has increasingly been charged with non-warfighting and foreign policy responsibilities. Because the military has been so active in so many places and with such a variety of missions, Inside Defense brings together scholars, policy experts and practitioners to provide a comprehensive view of the U.S. military to understand the military’s role in international politics and its relationship with domestic institutions and society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230602601
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek S. Reveron is an Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He received a diploma from the Naval War College, an MA in political science and a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He specializes in U.S. foreign policy, civil-military relations, and intelligence. He is the author of Promoting Democracy in the Post-Soviet Region (2002), the editor of America’s Viceroys: the Military and U.S. Foreign Policy (2004), and the co-editor of Flashpoints in the War on Terrorism (2006). He sits on the editorial board for the Defense Intelligence Journal and the Naval War College Review. Before joining the Naval War College faculty, Dr. Reveron taught political science at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Judith Hicks Stiehm is Professor of Political Science at Florida International University where she served as Provost and Academic Vice President for four years. She has taught at San Francisco State, the University of Wisconsin, UCLA, and the University of Southern California. She has been a Visiting Professor at the U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute and at the Strategic Studies Institute at Carlisle Barracks. Her books include Nonviolent Power: Active and Passive Resistance (1972), Bring Me Men and Women: Mandated Change at the U.S. Air Force Academy (1981), Arms and the Enlisted Woman (1989), It’s Our Military Too!: Women and the U.S. Military (1996), and The U. S. Army War College: Military Education in a Democracy (2002) and Champions for Peace: Women Winners of the Nobel Prize for Peace (2006).

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Table of Contents

The Military and the International Setting
Strategy in War—Steven Biddle
• Competing Institutions: The Departments of Defense and State— Stephen Wrage
• More than Advice? The Joint Staff and American Foreign Policy—Stephen Saideman * Military Diplomacy and Engagement Activities— Derek S. Reveron * Military Opinion on the Use of Force—John Garofano
• Military Intervention and International Law by Isaiah Wilson III— Problem Definition in Foreign Policy by Russell Burgos
PART II: The Military and Government Institutions— Congress and the Military by Michael Morris
• Hidden in Plain Sight: The Bush Military Buildup by Daniel Wirls
• Invoking Military Credentials in Congressional Elections 2000-2006— Jeremy Teigen
• Presidential Image and the Military by Brendan Doherty— Partisanship and the Military by Donald S. Inbody
• The Military, the Courts and the War on Terror by Kenneth Harbaugh
• Torture and Public Management: The Ethics of Interrogation by James P. Pfiffner
PART III: The Military and Civil Society
Understanding Civil-Military Relations—William Ruger
• Explaining Civil-Military Relations during the Clinton-Bush Era by Mackubin Owens—The Retired Officer and the State by Kathleen Mahoney-Norris
• Women, Women Everywhere by Judith Hicks Stiehm * Contracting for Services in U.S, Military Operations—Deborah Avant *The Citizen Soldier Then and Now—David L. Leal
• Conclusion

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