Securing America's Future: National Strategy in the Information Age

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As the world moves further into the Information Age and the ensuing increased levels of globalization, the ability to harness all of the elements of national power in an integrated, coordinated, and synchronized manner will be even more critical for the United States to successfully defend itself. Gerstein argues that the United States as a nation is largely unprepared to reap the full benefits of the Information Age and unable to address an increasing threat level because its methods, procedures, and ways of thinking remain anchored to the Industrial Age that is rapidly being left behind. To understand and adapt to this emerging environment, the United States must re-examine the development and the implementation of national security strategy.

Gerstein examines the history of U.S. national security strategy, and he analyzes the results and conclusions of several capstone documents, including the National Security Strategy of the United States (2002), the Homeland Security Strategy of the United States (2002), the Commission of National Security/21st Century, and the 9/11 Commission Report. After evaluating the execution of U.S. national security strategy, Gerstein maintains that U.S. efforts today are more heavily weighted to the use of hard power—political, military, and intelligence resources—for achieving strategic goals and objectives. A strategy that incorporates more fully the elements of national power, including soft power such as economic, social, cultural, and informational capabilities will better serve the interests of the nation. In addition, Gerstein proposes a new way of looking at strategy. Typically, strategy has been defined as the linking of ways and means to achieve ends while mitigating risk. In the future, we must factor environment into any discussion.

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"Gerstein, a Gulf War veteran and a military fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, argues that in terms of defense, the US is largely unprepared to reap the benefits of the information age and unable to address an increasing threat level because its methods, procedures, and ways of thinking remain anchored in the vanishing industrial era. Based on the conclusions of several capstone documents (including the 9/11 Commission Report), he says the nation must develop and implement a new security strategy that incorporates elements of soft power, such as economic, social, cultural, and informational capabilities."


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"Securing America's Future describes the complex relationship between government and industry in today's information age….[t]races the defense of the United States through its history, showing the various threats and strategies for victory….[a] serious analysis of world events and approaches to national security."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275988777
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Praeger Security International Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIEL M. GERSTEIN is an officer in the U.S. Army. In 2004-2005 he was a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. A veteran of the Gulf War and operations in the Balkans, he holds degrees from West Point, Georgia Tech, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.

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Table of Contents


Setting the Stage

Toward a National Security Strategy for the Information Age

The Emerging Information Age

U.S. National Security Strategy

Into the Information Age

Strategy in the Information Age

Developing A New National Security Strategy for the Information Age


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