Preventive Defense: A New Security Strategy for America Ashton B. Carter

ISBN: 9780815713081

Published: March 1st 1999

Hardcover

258 pages


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Preventive Defense: A New Security Strategy for America  by  Ashton B. Carter

Preventive Defense: A New Security Strategy for America by Ashton B. Carter
March 1st 1999 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 258 pages | ISBN: 9780815713081 | 10.79 Mb

William J. Perry and Ashton B. Carter, two of the worlds 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 inMoreWilliam J. Perry and Ashton B. Carter, two of the worlds 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 Chinas 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.



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