US Defense Politics, 2nd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1135104395
  • ISBN-13: 9781135104399
  • DDC: 355.033573
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 248 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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This textbook provides an accessible overview of US defense politics for upper-level students. This new edition has been fully updated and revised, with a new chapter on intelligence and new material on unmanned drones, women in the military, the Tea Party, and other key issues.

Analyzing the ways in which the United States prepares for war, the authors demonstrate how political and organizational interests determine US defense policy and warn against over-emphasis on planning, centralization, and technocracy. Emphasizing the process of defense policy-making rather than just the outcomes of that process, US Defense Politics departs from the traditional style of many existing textbooks.

Designed to help students understand the practical side of American national security policy.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
US Defense Politics.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preface to the Second Edition.
1: Enduring Questions, Changing Politics.
2: America's Security Strategy.
3: Organizing for Defense: The Evolution of US Civil–Military Relations.
4: Managing Defense.
5: Who Fights America's Wars?.
6: Service Politics.
7: The Political Economy of Defense.
8: The Weapons Acquisition Process.
9: Congress, Special Interests, and Presidents.
10: Gaining Intelligence.
11: Homeland Security.
12: Preparing for the Next War.