Making Strategy: An Introduction to National Security Processes and Problems

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University Press of the Pacific, Apr 1, 2002 - Technology & Engineering - 236 pages
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National secuirty strategy is a vast subject involving a daunting array of interrelated subelements woven in intricate, sometimes vague, and ever-changing patterns. Its processes are often irregular and confusing and are always based on difficult decisions laden with serious risks. In short, it is a subject understood by few and confusing to most. It is, at the same time, a subject of overwhelming importance to the fate of the United States and civilization itself. Col. Dennis M. Drew and Dr. Donald M. Snow have done a considerable service by drawing together many of the diverse threads of national security strategy into a coherent whole. They consider political and military strategy elements as part of a larger decisionmaking process influenced by economic, technological, cultural, and historical factors. I know of no other recent volume that addresses the entire national security milieu in such a logical manner and yet also manages to address current concerns so thoroughly. It is equally remarkable that they have addressed so many contentious problems in such an evenhanded manner. Although the title suggests that this is an introductory volume - and it is - I am convinced that experienced practitioners in the field of national security strategy would benefit greatly from a close examination of this excellent book. Sidney J. Wise Colonel, United States Air Force Commander, Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research and Education

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Donald M. Snow is Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama and has held visiting faculty positions at the U.S. Air Command and Staff College, the U.S. Naval War College (where he was the first Secretary of the Navy Senior Research Fellow), the U.S. Army War College, and the U.S. Air War College. His most recent books include WHEN AMERICA FIGHTS: THE USES OF U.S. MILITARY FORCE, with Dennis M. Drew (CQ Press, 2000), FROM LEXINGTON TO DESERT STORM AND BEYOND: WAR AND POLITICS IN THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, 3rd Edition (M.E. Sharpe, 2000), CASES IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: PORTRAITS OF THE FUTURE (Longman, 2003) and NATIONAL SECURITY FOR A NEW ERA: GLOBALIZATION AND GEOPOLITICS (Longman, 2004). He holds the B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Colorado and the Ph.D. from Indiana University.

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