Accession Number:

ADA045622

Title:

Force Without War: The United States' Use of the Armed Forces as a Political Instrument

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

BROOKINGS INSTITUTION WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

89.0

Abstract:

In 1976 a study titled The Use of the Armed Forces as a Political Instrument was completed at The Brookings Institution for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. The study found that between 1 January 1946 and 31 October 1975, U.S. armed forces were used on 215 occasions as a political instrument--i.e., as a means of influencing the decisions of foreign governments. An up-dating of the file in 1977 revealed a total of 226 such actions through 31 December 1976. This manual is designed to allow other researchers to make use of the data that have been collected on these 226 incidents. It includes an extended definition and discussion of the subject of study, a list of the 226 incidents, a description of the variables for which data were collected for each incident, the full data file, and a listing of sources. The data file and a control file containing a description of the variables and their values have also been placed on a computer tape. Information is provided about how copies of this computer tape may be obtained.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE