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The National Security Enterprise: Navigating the Labyrinthby Roger Z. (edt) George
Synopses & Reviews
National security, a topic routinely discussed behind closed doors by Washingtonand#8217;s political scientists and policy makers, is believed to be an insiderand#8217;s game. All too often this highly specialized knowledge is assumed to place issues beyond the graspand#8212;and interestand#8212;of the American public. Author D. Robert Worley disagrees. The U.S. national security system, designed after World War II and institutionalized through a decades-long power conflict with the Soviet Union, is inadequate for the needs of the twenty-first century, and while a general consensus has emerged that the system must be transformed, a clear and direct route for a new national security strategy proves elusive.
Furnishing the tools to assist in future national security reforms, Orchestrating the Instruments of Power articulates and synthesizes the concepts of Americaand#8217;s economic, political, and military instruments of power.
Book News Annotation:
Editors George (national security policymaking, Georgetown U. and National War College), Rishikof (law and national security studies, National War College), and 15 contributors offer a broad overview and analysis of the system used in the United States to develop its national security decisions. Topics addressed include: the government agencies involved in national security, the interagency process, Congressional checks and balances, and the influence of the private sector. The authors, experienced professionals in the field, provide their descriptions of organizational culture, their personalities, and their effects on security policies. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
D. Robert Worley is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Governmental Studies. He is the author of Shaping U.S. Military Forces: Revolution or Relevance in a Postand#8211;Cold War World.
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