This book examines the role of the president in the defense policy process, focusing specifically, but not exclusively, on the administration of President Carter. Contributors discuss such current concerns as the NATO-Warsaw confrontation and attitudes of European allies, U.S.-China-Japan defense relationships, and the issues of military intervention. In examining the broader aspects of defense policy, they focus on the style of leadership and world view of the president and his immediate national security staff and on the politics of the defense budget. A constant theme is the comparison of past defense policies with those of the present administration. The authors offer insights on important aspects of the Carter defense policy, provide an assessment of the impact of the president's policies on future U.S. defense posture, and present a conceptual framework for examining both the president's role in defense policymaking and the general concept of national security.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Changing Strategic Issues -- The President and the National Security Apparatus -- National Security Organization and Process in the Carter Administration -- The Policy Impacts of the Carter Defense Program -- Intervention Policies of the Carter Administration: Political and Military Dimensions -- Europe and the Superpowers -- The United States, China and Japan -- The Presidency and Defense Policy: Questions for the Future -- A Final Word