US Defense Politics The Origins of Security Policy

ISBN-10: 0415661153
ISBN-13: 9780415661157
Edition: 2nd 2014 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 11/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

This textbook provides an accessible overview of US defense politics for upper-level students. This new edition has been fully updated and revised, with a new chapter on intelligence and new material on unmanned drones, women in the military, the Tea Party, and other key issues. Analyzing the ways in which the United States prepares for war, the authors demonstrate how political and organizational interests determine US defense policy and warn against over-emphasis on planning, centralization, and technocracy. Emphasizing the process of defense policy-making rather than just the outcomes of that process, US Defense Politics departs from the traditional style of many existing textbooks. Designed to help students understand the practical side of American national security policy, the book examines the following key themes: US grand strategy; who joins America's military; how and why weapons are bought; the management of defense; public attitudes toward the military and casualties; the roles of the President and the Congress in controlling the military; the effects of 9/11 and the Global War on Terror on security policy, homeland security, government reorganizations, and intra- and inter-service relations. The textbook will be essential reading for students of US defense politics, US national security policy and homeland security, and highly recommended for students of US foreign policy, US public policy and public administration.

Peter Dombrowski is professor and chair of the Strategic Research Department at the Naval War College in Rhode Island. He is the author of more than thirty journal articles, monographs, book chapters, and governmental reports in the fields of international relations, international political economy, and national security.Eugene Gholz is an assistant professor at the University of Texas in Austin. He is an expert on the aerospace and defense industries and studies innovation, business-government relations, defense management, and US foreign military policy.

Enduring Questions, Changing Politics
America's Security Strategy
Organizing for Defense
Managing Defense
Who Fights?
Service Politics
The Political Economy of Defense
The Weapons Acquisition Process
Congress, Special Interests and Presidents
Gaining Intelligence
Homeland Security
Preparing for the Next War

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