Implications of the Nixon Doctrine for the Defense Planning Process
Technical note (Final)
STANFORD RESEARCH INST ARLINGTON VA STRATEGIC STUDIES CENTER
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This study was undertaken to provide for the defense planning system a broad examination of the implications of the Presidents foreign policy for the U.S. defense posture in the decade ahead. The Nixon Doctrine addresses the problems of a world undergoing the uncertainties of change. The balance of power is becoming more complex the bipolar confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union continues, but new power centers - Japan, China, Western Europe - must be reckoned with in the new international milieu. The Nixon Doctrine is thus a guideline for a time of transition as the United States redefines its role in the world, taking a lower profile in world affairs, calling on friends and allies to bear a greater share of the security burden, and attempting a lower international tension by a demons rated willingness to negotiate with adversaries.
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