Accession Number : ADA209757


Title :   The Recourse to War: An Appraisal of the 'Weinberger Doctrine'


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Sabrosky, Alan N ; Sloane, Robert L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a209757.pdf


Report Date : 01 Jun 1989


Pagination or Media Count : 166


Abstract : In recent years, a debate between the Secretaries of State and Defense focused on the moral justification necessary for the critical application of U.S. military force. Historically, those charged with the responsibility for maintaining the diplomatic affairs of state have been most reluctant to resort to the use of such force. Only after all other recourses have been exhausted would they agree to consider the commitment of military forces. On the other hand, those more directly charged with the defense of the country traditionally have been far more willing to exercise military power in the discharge of their responsibilities. Within the recent quest for viable criteria upon which to base such a decision there was, however, an unusual reversal. Keywords: Weinberger doctrine; Defense establishment; U.S. Military force; Military intervention; Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY DOCTRINE , *INTERVENTION , WARFARE , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , VIABILITY , ETHICS


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE