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Budget Policy and Fiscal Risk: Implications for Defense

Author: Dr Dennis S Ippolito The defense budget remains one of the central shaping features of U.S. national security and national military strategy. To understand what is possible in terms of defense transformation, one must first have a firm grasp of the budgetary context of strategic decisions. The author shows that defense will continue to …

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Preparing for Asymmetry: As Seen Through the Lens of Joint Vision 2020

Author: Ms Melissa Applegate Since the mid-1990s, the concept of strategic asymmetry has begun to receive serious attention from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review, for instance, stated, “U.S. dominance in the conventional military arena may encourage adversaries to use…asymmetric means to attack our forces and interests overseas and Americans …

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Alternative National Military Strategies for the United States

Author: Dr Conrad C Crane The 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) will have to address all the relevant issues about the future course of American national security strategy and provide useful recommendations to the new administration as it develops a new security strategy. The Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College and the …

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American Strategy: Issues and Alternatives for the Quadrennial Defense Review

Author: Dr Steven Metz The combination of a congressionally-mandated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), a change of presidents, and shifts in the global security environment will force or allow American strategists to rethink some of the basic elements of U.S. strategy and decide if any changes need to be made. It is vital that the defense …

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National Defense into the 21st Century: Defining the Issues

Author: Dr Earl H Tilford Jr In March 1996, Colonel Jim Blundell of the Association of the United States Army’s Institute for Land Warfare and Dr. Earl H. Tilford, Jr., of the U. S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute envisioned a symposium that would bring all the services together for an open and honest …

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