1st Edition

World Power Trends And U.S. Foreign Policy For The 1980s

By Ray S. Cline Copyright 1980

    This book, based on information consolidated to cover the calendar years 1978 and 1979, assesses the power of nations in the international context as a basis for planning American defense and foreign policy. It suggests a realistic way of thinking about the balance of power in the 1980s.

    Foreword -- Preface -- Introduction -- Concept and Methodology -- Politectonics: Measuring the Strength of Nations -- Polarity: Political and Geographic -- Assessment of the Power of Nations -- Critical Mass: Population and Territory Pp = (C + E + M) × (S + W) -- Economic Capability Pp = (C + E + M) × (S + W) -- Military Capability: The Strategic Force Balance Pp = (C + E + M) × (S + W) -- Military Capability: The Conventional Force Balance Pp = (C + E + M) × (S + W) -- National Strategy and National Will Pp = (C + E + M) × (S + W) -- U.S. Grand Strategy and Foreign Policy for the 1980s -- All-Oceans Alliance


    Ray S. Cline has been Executive Director of World Power Studies at Georgetown University’s Center for Strategic and International Sttidies since 1974. Before that, he served with the U.S. government for more than 30 years, rising to the posts of Deputy Director for Intelligence of the Central Intelligence Agency (1962–1966) and Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State (1969–1973). He holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University, and was a Henry Prize Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford University. He was awarded the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal in 1969. In addition to <b>World Power Assessment 1977</b> (Westview Press) and an earlier version with the same title, Dr. Cline is the author of Washington Command Post (Department of the Army, 1951), a book that has become a standard reference work on U.S. military planning in World War II, and <b>Secrets, Spies, and Scholars</b> (Acropolis Press, 1976), a book describing both the triumphs and disasters of the American intelligence system from World War II down to 1976. Dr. Cline is Adjunct Professor at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and teaches a course on the problems of intelligence at the Defense Intelligence School. He is Vice President of the Veterans of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the World War II precursor (if the CIA. Fie is the founder and president of the National Intelligence Study Center and of the Coalition for Asian Peace and Security.