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The US Military: A Basic Introduction
     

The US Military: A Basic Introduction

by Judith Hicks Stiehm
 

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ISBN-10: 0415782155

ISBN-13: 9780415782159

Pub. Date: 01/26/2012

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book aims to provide a basic guide to the US military and will raise questions for further discussion by students.

The US spends as much on its military as all other nations the world combined; even in a severe recession, the military budget has been sacrosanct. The US military can reach into the most remote areas of the globe and kill its enemies from long

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This book aims to provide a basic guide to the US military and will raise questions for further discussion by students.

The US spends as much on its military as all other nations the world combined; even in a severe recession, the military budget has been sacrosanct. The US military can reach into the most remote areas of the globe and kill its enemies from long distances with impunity. It is not a citizen military, but a military of senior professionals who command young volunteers many of them attracted by rewards unavailable to them in civilian life, such as an education. Both are supported by large numbers of contractors working for profit.

While political scientists study the legislature, the presidency, the courts, public opinion, voting, campaigns, state and local government, only rarely do they refer to government’s defining institutions, those that exercise legitimate force, i.e., the police and more especially, the military. Prof. Michael Walzer asserts that in a democracy citizens are responsible for the kind of military they have and how and where it is used. Nevertheless, few political science students have much knowledge on the military.

This book will be of much interest to students of the US military, US politics, US defense, and military studies in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415782159
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/26/2012
Series:
Cass Military Studies Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,321,318
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The A, B, Cs 3. The Military in Action 4. Strategy and Doctrine 5. Weapons: What They Can Do, What They Cost, Relationship to Strategy 6. The Budget 7. Policy Questions. Sources Bibliography

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