A War of a Different Kind: Military Force and America's Search for Homeland Security

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Naval Institute Press, 2004 - History - 366 pages
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The radically new homeland security, military, and legal strategies developed by the United States in the months following the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon are given comprehensive treatment in this book by a former senior Pentagon official, combat veteran, and criminal prosecutor. Stephen M. Duncan draws on a lifetime of military and legal experience to examine the many questions relating to the role of the armed forces in homeland security, including elements of constitutional and criminal law, foreign policy, tradition and custom, federal-state and inter-agency relations, and politics, as well as military strategy and operations.


Among the diverse subjects the author discusses are military tribunals and the International Criminal Court, the statute governing the use of military personnel in law enforcement, defense transformation, the constitutional power of the president, and the reorganization of the government to meet the terrorist threat. Duncan also discusses the strategy and tactics used in Afghanistan and Iraq and critically evaluates the nation's political leadership before and after the 9/11 attacks. His book gives readers access to a wealth of information essential to an understanding of the full picture and at the same time puts them in the midst of policy debates to grasp the immediacy of the situation. This important and absorbing historical narrative will attract general readers as well as those with experience in national security issues, politics, and the law.

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About the author (2004)

Stephen M. Duncan served as Assistant Secretary of Defence in the administrations of two Presidents and as the Pentagon's senior Drug War official. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran with more than 40 years of Active and Reserve naval service and the recipient of two awards of the Department of Defence Medal for Distinguished Public Service. He has been a senior executive in two defence industry technology companies, a federal criminal prosecutor, a partner in major law firms, and the Director of the Institute for Homeland Security Studies at the National Defense University.

He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and a member of the faculty of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (Advanced Academic Programs) at Johns Hopkins University. Duncan received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Arts Degree in Government from Dartmouth College, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Colorado. His new book Only the Most Able: Moving Beyond Politics in the Selection of National Security Leaders"" is scheduled for publication in December 2012.

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