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.
and#8220;D. Robert Worleyand#8217;s scholarly and objective work opens the arcane subject of national security policy and strategy to the general public, provides a valuable resource for students and practitioners, and demonstrates the challenges in adapting a system created for distinct eras of peace and war to modern complexities.and#8221;and#8212;John T. Hanley Jr., former director for strategy, Office of the Director of National Intelligenceand#160;
and#8220;The problem of integrating all elements of national power to achieve specified goalsand#8212;the problem of strategyand#8212;is rarely treated in comprehensive fashion. Robert Worleyand#8217;s new volume is one of the very few that grapple with this challenge. The bookand#8217;s impressive breadth of treatment and its coherent framework will be of great use to students of U.S. national security strategy. The reader will come away with a wide-ranging and rigorous education in the tools, concepts, theories, and problems at the heart of U.S. strategy.and#8221;and#8212;Michael J. Mazarr, professor of national security strategy at the U.S. National War College
Recent foreign policy crises have all referred to the increasingly complicated and often dysfunctional "interagency" process that drives American foreign policy deliberations over national security issues. In the literature of national security studies, however, there is little attention given to the specific dynamics or underlying organizational cultures that often drives the bureaucratic politics of American foreign policy. This book offers a broad overview and analysis of the interagency process, Congressional checks and balances, and the role of the media and other private sector organizations in the U.S. national security enterprise. The book takes a consciously "Washington" perspective, focusing on the headquarters' mentalities, as most strategic decisions are made inside the Beltway. The central premise is that the dysfunction often described in the current national security system gives little rigorous attention to the internal organizational cultures that make it up; moreover, no conceptual or structural fix to the current system is likely to succeed unless it understands the organizations and people that make up that system.
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