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U.S. Army War College Guide to National Security Policy and Strategy, 1st Edition

U.S. Army War College Guide to National Security Policy and Strategy, 1st Edition - Cover

Edited by Dr. J. Boone Bartholomees Jr.

July 2004

297 Pages

Brief Synopsis

Although the Department of National Security and Strategy, U.S. Army War College, uses several of the chapters in this volume as readings for its core course "War, National Policy and Strategy," this is not a textbook. It does reflect, however, both the method and manner used to teach strategy formulation to America's future senior leaders. However, the book is not a comprehensive or exhaustive treatment of either strategy or the policymaking process. It is organized in broad groups of chapters addressing general subject areas. We begin with a look at some specific issues about the general security environment—largely international. The section on strategic thought and formulation includes chapters on broad issues of strategy formulation as well as some basic strategic theory. The third section is about instruments of national power, and the final section deals with selected issues about the U.S. national security policymaking process.

Table of Contents


J. Boone Bartholomees, Jr.

I. The National Security Environment

1. Some Basic Concepts and Approaches to the Study of International Relations
Robert “Robin” H. Dorff

2. Multilateralism and Unilateralism
James A. Helis

3. Ethical Issues in War: An Overview
Martin L. Cook

4. International Law and the New World Order: Redefining Sovereignty
Thomas W. McShane

5. Regional Studies in a Global Age
R. Craig Nation

II. Strategic Thought and Formulation

6. Why is Strategy Difficult?
David Jablonsky

7. A Survey of Strategic Thought
J. Boone Bartholomees, Jr.

8. National Power
David Jablonsky

9. Managing Strategic Risk
James F. Holcomb

10. Why a Winning Strategy Matters: The Impact of Losing in Vietnam and Afghanistan
Douglas A. Borer

III. Instruments of National Power

11. Economics: American Element of Power or Source of Vulnerability?
Clayton K. S. Chun

12. Problems of Economic Statecraft: Rethinking Engagement
Douglas A. Borer

13. Diplomacy as an Instrument of National Power
Reed J. Fendrick

14. Military Power and the Use of Force
John F. Troxell

15. Information: The Psychological Instrument
Frank L. Jones
IV. National Security Policymaking

16. Presidential Leadership in National Security Policymaking
Marybeth P. Ulrich

17. National Security and the Interagency Process
Gabriel Marcella

18. Cognitive Factors in National Security Decisionmaking
George E. Teague

19. The Appropriate Role of Intelligence in the Making of National Security Policy
Anthony R. Williams

Appendix I: U.S. Army War College Guidelines for Strategy Formulation

Appendix II: Contributors

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