Putting "defense" Back Into U.S. Defense Policy: Rethinking U.S. Security in the Post-Cold War World

Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - 242 sider

This book examines the implications of counterinsurgency wars for U.S. defense policy and makes the compelling argument that the United States' default position on counterinsurgency wars should be to avoid them.

In this compelling study, Eland questions the core assumptions of the American foreign policy and defense establishments that call for military interventions around the world and high and increasing defense budgets at home. He outlines a security policy more appropriate to the sober realities of the post-Cold War era. This is an approach that calls for military restraint overseas, taking advantage of the already secure U.S. geostrategic position, while safeguarding vital national interests. Eland details the military force structure needed for this new role and calculates the reduced defense budget required to pay for these forces.

This book is a timely wake-up call to those who make American foreign and defense policies. It demands a badly needed re-thinking of America's national interests. In the author's view, America's natural geostrategic position places it at a natural advantage, rendering unnecessary a forward defense posture. A non-interventionist foreign policy would save money by requiring lower defense budgets. An America less willing to get involved in complex overseas disputes unrelated to U.S vital interests would also be less likely to make enemies around the world.


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US National Security Mismatch between Policy and Reality
Defining US Vital Interests
Threats to US Vital Interests
US Security Strategy
The United States Must Revamp Its Military Forces
Weapons Unnecessary for a BalancerofLastResort Strategy
Defense Programs That Need Increased Funding or Attention
An Appropriate Defense Budget for the BalancerofLastResort Strategy
Selected Bibliography

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Ivan Eland, PhD, is director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at The Independent Institute in Oakland, CA. His published works include Praeger's Putting Defense Back into U.S. Defense Policy: Rethinking U.S. Security in the Post-Cold War World.

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