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US defense politics : the origins of security policy

Author: Harvey M Sapolsky; Eugene Gholz; Caitlin Talmadge
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2009.
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Seeks to explain how US defense and national security policy is formulated and conducted. This book places its focus on the role of the President, Congress, political partisans, defense industries,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Sapolsky, Harvey M.
US defense politics.
New York : Routledge, 2009
(DLC) 2008006847
(OCoLC)193907746
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harvey M Sapolsky; Eugene Gholz; Caitlin Talmadge
ISBN: 9780203892473 020389247X 9786611786618 6611786619
OCLC Number: 273072354
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 191 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface Part 1: Introduction A Short History. Enduring Questions Part 2: America's Security Strategy American Power. Dilemmas of American Grand Strategy. Post-Cold War Grand Strategy Alternatives. Constraints on American Security Policy. The American Way of Warfare Part 3: Who Fights America's Wars? The Different Systems. The Guard and Reserves. Who Volunteers Unanticipated Consequences of the AVF. Socializing the Force Part 4: The Military and National Politics Not Above Politics Anymore. Soldiers' Personal Politics. Partisan National Security Policy? Resisting Control. The Goldwater-Nichols Reform. Civilians Push Back. Controlling Professionals Part 5: The Political Economy of Defense The Defense Budget. Replacing Public Arsenals with Private Firms. How Private Arsenals Work. A Cyclical Business. Regulation, Not Industrial Policy. The Strangest of Customers Part 6: The Weapons Acquisition Process The Weapons Acquisition Scorecard. Two Types of Uncertainty. Seeking Reform. Making It Worse. Making It Work Part 7: Managing Defense Management under Constraints. Managing To Do What? Robert Strange McNamara. Donald Rumsfeld. Managing the Un-Manageable Part 8: Service Politics The U.S. Marine Corps. The U.S. Army. The U.S. Navy. The U.S. Air Force. The U.S. Special Operations Command. Jointness Part 9: Congress, Special Interests, and the President Little Interest in Oversight. Super-Special Interests as "Cargo Cults". Presidents React to Opportunities. The Politics of National Security Policymaking Part 10: Homeland Security Recognizing Threats to the Homeland. Don't Just Stand There, Reorganize! More Planning, Please. Rise of the First Responders. WMD Part 11: Preparing for the Next War Markets versus Planning. Public versus Private. Experts versus Politics. Centralization versus Decentralization. Hail Confusion and Indecision. Glossary
Responsibility: Harvey M. Sapolsky, Eugene Gholz and Caitlin Talmadge.

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