Inside Defense: Understanding the US Military in the 21st Century

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Wars, revolutionary protests, and humanitarian relief operations across the world 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 ...

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Overview

Wars, revolutionary protests, and humanitarian relief operations across the world 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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Editorial Reviews

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"Facing critical debates about the role of the United States in global affairs, Inside Defense is an absolute must-read for policymakers and scholars. After a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. faces a series of challenges to its interests and values. Drawing on considerable expertise, this work puts sharp relief the critical debate about the proper balance between military strategy, government institutions, and civil society. This immensely important book helps us understand how the United States is likely to adapt in the face of changing political, military, and economic challenges. There is no more important topic than understanding the forces that shape the American role in international security."
- William C. Martel, Associate Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and author of Victory in War: Foundations of Modern Strategy (2011)

"Inside Defense should be required reading for those who want to understand the military's role in international affairs and its relationship to domestic politics and society. It fills a gap in the security studies literature and will soon become the single source for those who think about and practice national security." - Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Senior Advisor to the Center for Defense Information.

"This book pulls together some of the nation's top experts to assess one of the nation's top concerns: what is and what ought to be the role of the U.S. military in the 21st Century? Those questions will continue to preoccupy policymakers and scholars for the foreseeable future. This book will serve as a vital resource, especially for training the next generation who must answer these questions for themselves." - Peter D. Feaver, Alexander F. Hehmeyer Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Duke University, and Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies

"Inside Defense tackles critical issues about the U.S. military's evolving missions and its changing role within the state and society. It is an indispensable introduction to one of the most powerful American institutions in the 21st century." - Elizabeth Kier, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Washington

"Inside Defense fills a key gap in the security studies literature and is excellent reading for students, practitioners and scholars of national security." - Gale Mattox, Professor of Political Science, US Naval Academy and former President of Women in International Security

From the Publisher

"Facing critical debates about the role of the United States in global affairs, Inside Defense is an absolute must-read for policymakers and scholars. After a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. faces a series of challenges to its interests and values. Drawing on considerable expertise, this work puts sharp relief the critical debate about the proper balance between military strategy, government institutions, and civil society. This immensely important book helps us understand how the United States is likely to adapt in the face of changing political, military, and economic challenges. There is no more important topic than understanding the forces that shape the American role in international security."
- William C. Martel, Associate Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and author of Victory in War: Foundations of Modern Strategy (2011)

"Inside Defense should be required reading for those who want to understand the military's role in international affairs and its relationship to domestic politics and society. It fills a gap in the security studies literature and will soon become the single source for those who think about and practice national security." - Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Senior Advisor to the Center for Defense Information.

"This book pulls together some of the nation's top experts to assess one of the nation's top concerns: what is and what ought to be the role of the U.S. military in the 21st Century? Those questions will continue to preoccupy policymakers and scholars for the foreseeable future. This book will serve as a vital resource, especially for training the next generation who must answer these questions for themselves." - Peter D. Feaver, Alexander F. Hehmeyer Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Duke University, and Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies

"Inside Defense tackles critical issues about the U.S. military's evolving missions and its changing role within the state and society. It is an indispensable introduction to one of the most powerful American institutions in the 21st century." - Elizabeth Kier, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Washington

"Inside Defense fills a key gap in the security studies literature and is excellent reading for students, practitioners and scholars of national security." - Gale Mattox, Professor of Political Science, US Naval Academy and former President of Women in International Security

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137343000
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/18/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.63 (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

Introduction
PART I: THE MILITARY AND THE INTERNATIONAL SETTING
1. Strategy in War; S. Biddle
2. Competing Institutions: The Departments of Defense and State; S. Wrage
3. More than Advice? The Joint Staff and American Foreign Policy; S. Saideman
4. Military Diplomacy and Engagement Activities; D.S. Reveron
5. Military Opinion on the Use of Force; J. Garofano
6. Military Intervention and International Law; I.Wilson III
7. Problem Definition in Foreign Policy; R. Burgos
PART II: THE MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
8. Congress and the Military; M. Morris
9. Hidden in Plain Sight: The Bush Military Buildup; D. Wirls
10. Invoking Military Credentials in Congressional Elections 2000-2006; J. Teigen
11. Presidential Image and the Military; B. Doherty
12. Partisanship and the Military; D.S. Inbody
13. The Military, the Courts and the War on Terror; K. Harbaugh
14. Torture and Public Management: The Ethics of Interrogation; J.P. Pfiffner
PART III: THE MILITARY AND CIVIL SOCIETY
15. Understanding Civil-Military Relations; W. Ruger
16. Explaining Civil-Military Relations during the Clinton-Bush Era; M. Owens
17. The Retired Officer and the State; K. Mahoney-Norris
18. Women, Women Everywhere; J. Hicks Stiehm
19. Contracting for Services in U.S, Military Operations; D. Avant
20. The Citizen Soldier Then and Now; D.L. Leal
Conclusion

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