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Orchestrating the instruments of power : a critical examination of the U.S. national security system

Author: D Robert Worley
Publisher: Raleigh : Lulu Press, ©2012.
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There is increasing evidence that the US national security apparatus, designed for a decades-long great power conflict, is ill-suited to the needs of the twenty-first century and that the burden has largely fallen to a military designed for other purposes. Military forces for the Cold War were designed to deter, and if necessary defeat, the military forces of an opposing great power alliance. Rather than the clash  Read more...
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Worley, D. Robert (Duane Robert), 1949-
Orchestrating the instruments of power.
Raleigh : Lulu Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: D Robert Worley
ISBN: 1612347541 9781612347547
OCLC Number: 911497363
Notes: "Earlier versions of the text were published and distributed ... in Aligning ends, ways, and means : an examination of the U.S. national security system ..."--Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 506 pages :) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
pt. I. Foundational concepts and principles. A primer on security concepts --
War and American democracy --
War powers --
pt. II. National security strategies. Grand strategy --
Cold War strategies --
Post-Cold War strategies --
pt. III. National security apparatus. Instruments of power --
Mechanisms of power --
The National Security Council --
National Security Councils : 1947 to 2012 --
pt. IV. National security reform. Major reform proposals --
Strategy first.
Other Titles: Critical examination of the US national security system
Critical examination of the United States national security system
Responsibility: by D. Robert Worley.

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There is increasing evidence that the US national security apparatus, designed for a decades-long great power conflict, is ill-suited to the needs of the twenty-first century and that the burden has largely fallen to a military designed for other purposes. Military forces for the Cold War were designed to deter, and if necessary defeat, the military forces of an opposing great power alliance. Rather than the clash of titans -- the militaries of major power alliances colliding on the field of battle -- today's forces are tasked to conduct what the Bush administration called capacity building, the Clinton administration called nation-building, the British called operations in support of civil authorities, and the Marine Corps called small wars. This class of intervention requires a deft employment of all instruments of power, not the military instrument in relative isolation. In this book, the author presents the theories underlying choices in grand strategy, the instruments of power spread across the departments and agencies of government, the mechanisms for orchestrating the instruments, the major reforms proposed, and the political instabilities that make the reforms either necessary or unwise.

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