This book provides an accessible overview of US defense politics for upper-level students. This new edition has been fully updated and revised, with a new chapter on veterans and new material on topics such as cyberwarfare and lobbying.
Analyzing the ways in which the United States prepares for war, the authors demonstrate how political and organizational interests determine US defense policy and warn against over-emphasis on planning, centralization, and technocracy. Emphasizing the process of defense policy-making rather than just the outcomes of that process, US Defense Politics departs from the traditional style of many other textbooks.
Designed to help students understand the practical side of American national security policy, the book examines the following key themes:
The third edition will be essential reading for students of US defense politics, national security policy, and homeland security, and highly recommended for students of US foreign policy, public policy, and public administration.
'I commend this third edition of US Defense Politics to anyone looking to understand the major cross-currents that shape US security dynamics. Written with expert insight and drawing on a rich set of historical and contemporary examples, the book provides a one-stop shop on the issues that decision makers, elected officials, and military leaders have faced for the past seventy years, and those that will shape defense policy well into the future.' -- Kathleen H. Hicks, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), USA
1. Enduring Questions, Changing Politics
2. America’s Security Strategy
3. Organizing for Defense
4. Managing Defense
5. Who Fights America’s Wars?
6. Service Politics
7. The Political Economy of Defense
8. The Weapons Acquisition Process
9. Congress and Special Interests
10. Presidents and the National Security Council
11. Gaining Intelligence
12. Homeland Security
13. Veterans and the Costs of War
14. Preparing for the Next War