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
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