This book outlines the changes in military strategy, policy, and force structure that prominent civilian and military experts in defense believe the United States must adopt if it is to cope successfully with threats to national security in the 1980s and 1990s.
Part I: Introduction 1. Competing Military Strategies: Problems and Prospects Part II: Strategic Environment 2. US Strategy and the World of the 1980s: Some Western European Perspectives 3. Optimism Versus Pessimism: A Soviet View of the Strategic Environment 4. Planning for the Most Likely Contingencies: The Foreign Policy Context Part III: Coping with the Strategic Environment 5. Competing Views of the Central Region Conventional Balance 6. Conventional Forces: Framing the Issues Part IV: Alternative Military Strategies 7. Strategic-Nuclear Parity Versus the Military Priorities of the Reagan Administration 8. Third World Conflicts: Implications for US Security and Force Structure 9. A Strategy of Restraint for the United States 10. US Military Strategy in the Nuclear Era