Through a Glass Darkly

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-06-30
  • Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
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Cimbala shows why the prevention, management, and concluding of war all require an understanding of the subjective aspects of decision making as well as the hardware and tactics of military operations. A review of past cases of U.S. security policy decision making and a preview of some future problems are combined to distill important lessons about coping with conflict in the post-Cold War world. These lessons include the awareness that some conflicts are unnecessarily provoked or prolonged on account of the gap between the perspectives and experiences of civilian policy makers and the views of the armed forces leadership. Another important lesson is that, in resolving or managing conflicts, perceptions, and expectations of leaders filter out alternatives that might have led to preferred solutions had they been attempted in good time. Of particular interest to policy makers, military professionals, and researchers involved with contemporary military issues.

Author Biography

Stephen J. Cimbala is Professor of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University (Delaware County)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
I. Past Cases 1(76)
Bargaining at the Brink: Otherness and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Wilderness of Mirrors: The 1983 ``War Scare'' and U.S.--Soviet Relations
Operation Desert Storm: A Truncated Triumph
II. Present and Future Cases 77(84)
Information Warfare and Nuclear Weapons: Back to the Future?
Armageddon by Osmosis: Must Nuclear Weapons Spread?
Small Wars and Peace Wars: Disarming the Devil
Conclusion 161(32)
For Further Reading 193(2)
Index 195

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