This book offers one of the first comprehensive academic views on Just Cause, the December 1989 U.S. military intervention in Panama. It presents excellent positions for the reader to consider and give a comprehensive view of all of the factors and events that prompted the operation.
Table of Contents
Preface -- The Background (1905–1988) -- Panama’s Policy Toward the United States: Living with Big Brother -- When All the Old Bills Came Due: The Development of U.S.-Panamanian Relations Through 1989 -- The Role of Drugs in the U.S.-Panamanian Relationship -- The Prelude -- Indications and Warning Factors -- The Operation -- The Anatomy of Just Cause: The Forces Involved, the Adequacy of Intelligence, and Its Success as a Joint Operation -- Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Factors -- Assessing the Role of Air Power -- The Adequacy of Logistic Support -- Civil Affairs Operations -- Assessing Press Access to Information -- The Aftermath -- The Future U.S. Role in Panama -- The International Implications -- Summary and Conclusions
"Bruce W. Watson served as a naval intelligence officer for twenty-two years. He currently is associated with the University of Virginia, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, the Defense Intelligence College, and the University of Maryland. He is a free lance writer and consultant on defense matters. He has served as Vice Chairman and as Chairman, Comparative Foreign Policy Section, International Studies Association, and is a Professor Emeritus at the Defense Intelligence College. The author of
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