Essays on Strategy. 5
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC
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To meet the constitutional objective of providing for the common defense requires strategic thinking. Strategies must ponder how the nation can use its capabilities, especially its military power, to meet its political objectives. To do so, they must see beyond the present, anticipating how the nation can remain secure amid changing and sometimes turbulent international conditions. Strategic thinking must, therefore, be innovative. The eight essays in this collection exemplify that kind of thinking. Four of these essays-written by students at our Senior Service College-won recognition in the 1987 Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategy Essay Competition. They address the national security implications of strategic defense Soviet capabilities for operating in the Arctic seas ways for the military services to meet future personnel needs and the debate over continental versus maritime strategies for the United States. A second quartet of essays-written by the former Commander of the US Southern Command, a State Department historian, two military officers with experience on the National Security Council staff, and a senior Australian Naval officer- discuss how the United States should deal with what has come to be called low- intenisty conflict the normalization of US-Vietnanmese relations the capabilities that might determine national power as we move toward the twenty- first century and how the United States ought to modify its policy toward the increasingly important island nations of the Pacific.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics