9780815713081

Preventive Defense : A New Security Strategy for America

by ;
  • ISBN13:

    9780815713081

  • ISBN10:

    0815713088

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-02-01
  • Publisher: Brookings Inst
  • View Upgraded Edition

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $24.95 Save up to $6.24
  • Buy Used
    $18.71

    USUALLY SHIPS IN 2-4 BUSINESS DAYS

Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

Summary

William J. Perry and Ashton B. Carter, two of the world's foremost defense authorities, draw on their experience as leaders of the U.S. Defense Department to propose a new American security strategy for the twenty-first century. After a century in which aggression had to be defeated in two world wars and then deterred through a prolonged cold war, the authors argue for a strategy centered on prevention. Now that the cold war is over, it is necessary to rethink the risks to U.S. security. The A list--threats to U.S. survival--is empty today. The B list--the two major regional contingencies in the Persian Gulf and on the Korean peninsula that dominate Pentagon planning and budgeting--pose imminent threats to U.S. interests but not to survival. And the C list--such headline-grabbing places as Kosovo, Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda, and Haiti--includes important contingencies that indirectly affect U.S. security but do not directly threaten U.S. interests. Thus the United States is enjoying a period of unprecedented peace and influence; but foreign policy and defense leaders cannot afford to be complacent.The authors' preventive defense strategy concentrates on the dangers that, if mismanaged, have the potential to grow into true A-list threats to U.S. survival in the next century. These include Weimar Russia: failure to establish a self-respecting place for the new Russia in the post-cold war world, allowing it to descend into chaos, isolation, and aggression as Germany did after World War I; Loose Nukes: failure to reduce and secure the deadly legacy of the cold war--nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons in Russia and the rest of the former Soviet Union; A Rising China Turned Hostile: failure to shape China's rise to Asian superpower status so that it emerges as a partner rather than an adversary; Proliferation: spread of weapons of mass destruction; and Catastrophic Terrorism: increase in the scope and intensity of transnational terrorism.They also argue for better management of the defense establishment so the United States will retain a strong military prepared to cope with all contingencies, deter aggressors, and win a conflict if deterrence fails.

Table of Contents

PROLOGUE Four Trips to Pervomaysk: Preventive Defense at Work 1(7)
INTRODUCTION Preventive Defense 8(13)
CHAPTER ONE Pursuing Marshall's Vision with Russia and NATO
21(44)
CHAPTER TWO Project Sapphire, the Nunn-Lugar Program, and Arms Control
65(27)
CHAPTER THREE Dealing with a Rising China
92(31)
CHAPTER FOUR Standing at the Brink in North Korea: The Counterproliferation Imperative
123(20)
CHAPTER FIVE A False Alarm (This Time): Preventive Defense against Catastrophic Terrorism
143(32)
CHAPTER SIX The Threat Within: Shaping a Force for the Future
175(41)
EPILOGUE 216(7)
NOTES 223(8)
INDEX 231

Rewards Program

Write a Review