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The American Military in the Twenty-first Century

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By William J. Durch, Barry M. Blechman, David R. Graham, John H. Henshaw, Pamela L. Reed, Victor A. Utgoff, Steven A. Wolfe

With the breakup of the Soviet Union, the U.S. military has lost both its main adversary and a substantial part of its operational purpose. However, because the nation’s interest are so widespread and varied, and because the United States continues to have a specific interest in a stable and peaceful international system, the country will remain heavily engaged in preventing and resolving conflicts. Such efforts will sometimes involve military forces.

The American Military in the Twenty-first Century is a major contribution to the debate about this changed international environment and how roles and missions might best be allocated among the armed forces to create a flexible, cost-effective military able to support American national interests. It focuses on the basic functions of the armed forces (for example, defense of the homeland, projection of power abroad, and peacekeeping and humanitarian operations) and shows how military capabilities might best be adjusted to meet the country’s defense and foreign policy needs in the decades ahead.

Hardcover – 498 pages (November 1993) (Out of Print)

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