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Andrew W. Marshall founded the discipline and the office of net assessment. As Director, Net Assessment, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1973 to 2015, Marshall advised eight successive presidents and thirteen secretaries of defense. He developed new analytic perspectives and techniques for analyzing long-term strategic competition and for understanding potential shifts in the future security environment. Under Marshall's direction, the Office of Net Assessment accurately diagnosed the weakness of the Soviet Union years before its collapse, highlighted the potential implications of precision weaponry, pandemic disease, and environmental change, and anticipated China's emergence as a strategic rival to the United States. Before joining the government, Marshall worked for the RAND Corporation, where he formulated his initial thoughts on strategic competition while focusing on nuclear strategy and the Soviet Union.

Reflections on Net Assessment captures Marshall's thoughts on the creation and evolution of net assessment (the practice and the office) in his own words. The book is an edited version of a series of twelve interviews of Marshall conducted from 1993 to 1999 covering the years from 1950 to 1994. It is a first-hand account of the development of not only net assessment, but also of American strategic thought and the U.S. defense establishment. The intent is to get the thoughts of the father of net assessment into the hands of current and future practitioners and strategists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578384221
Publisher: Institute for Defense Analyses
Publication date: 10/04/2022
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 839,072
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey S. McKitrick is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. He served as a Military Assistant to the Director, Net Assessment, from 1985 to 1989, as Military Advisor to the Vice President from 1989 to 1992, and as Special Assistant to the Vice President from 1992 to 1993.

Robert G. Angevine is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. He has worked as a contractor for the Office of Net Assessment for more than 25 years, and has written extensively on military history and strategy.
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