National Defense Into the 21st Century: Defining the Issues

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DIANE Publishing, 1997 - Air power - 53 pages
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The U.S. Army War College, in cooperation with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the U.S. Naval War College, and the Atlantic Council of the United States, cosponsored a symposium in late F%ebruary 1997 to examine the topic, '1National Defense into the 21st Century: Defining the Issues.'1 The purpose of this symposium was to relate the national interests of the United States to its long-term military requirements and to define those challenges which will face the Department of Defense, as well as those issues most pertinent to each of the military services. This symposium was a sincere effort by individuals from the various services, the Army1s and the Navy1s premier professional military education institutions, AUSA, and the Atlantic Council to search for a common under- standing of the difficult issues facing all the services jointly and each of them individually. Over a period of two days, through four panels and three special addresses, the presenters and more than 100 attendees engaged in an enlightening and productive exchange of ideas and points of view. What follows is a report on the four individual panels and the comments of the Honorable John D. White, the Deputy Secretary of Defense; Major General Mark K. Hamilton, U.S. Army, Vice Director for F%orce Structure, Resources, and Assessment on the Joint Staff; and retired U.S. Army General Andrew J. Goodpaster, Chairman of the Atlantic Council of the United States. General Jack N. Merritt, U.S. Army, Retired, opened the symposium by describing its goals and agenda.

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