The George W. Bush Defense Program

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-27
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
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The events of 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan make an obvious case for expert study of the George W. Bush defense program. During the Bush administration, the rise and fall of governments, the fates of peoples, and the very definitions of 'œwar' and 'œvictory' were up for discussion. The United States, with its unprecedented global military power at the dawn of the twenty-first century, created new opportunities for using foreign policy and military strategy on behalf of national and allied interests. But this power was limited, and its use against unconventional or otherwise unorthodox enemies required careful calibration of its various instruments. In this insightful series of essays edited by Stephen Cimbala, eleven academic experts prominent in the defense and security think-tank communities assess Bush's defense program. Many also have past or current experience in the U.S. government or the American armed forces. They examine Bush's defense policy and strategy across several critical issues, including Iraq, Afghanistan, terrorism, nuclear arms control, and foreign military sales. In addition, special chapters are devoted to the leadership style of former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, to the idea of 'œvictory' as it might apply to Bush's defense decisions, and to the best exit strategy from Iraq for the United States. The lessons learned from the successes and failures in Bush's defense policy, clearly presented in The George W. Bush Defense Program, can also be applied to the appraisal of all presidents.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Coping with Uncertainty: Dilemmas of Defense Planningp. 1
Military Transformation? Which Transformation, and What Lies Ahead?p. 11
Defining Victory in War: The Bush II Experience in Iraqp. 43
An Exit Strategy from Iraqp. 63
Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defensep. 77
Civil-Military Relations in the Second Bush Administrationp. 101
Cold Obstruction: The Legacy of U.S.-Russian Relations Under George W. Bushp. 113
Sharing the Burdens of Coalition War Fighting: NATO and Afghanistanp. 139
The Arms Transfer Policies of the George W. Bush Administrationp. 165
Nuclear Questions: Bush Administration WMD Security Strategy and the Second Nuclear Agep. 185
U.S.-Russian Nuclear Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Missile Defenses: The Long Viewp. 203
Conclusionp. 225
Notesp. 245
Indexp. 299
About the Contributorsp. 313
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