Accession Number:

ADA535951

Title:

Chinese Attitudes on Preventive War and the "Preemption Doctrine"

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

INST FOR NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES US AIR FORCE ACADEMY CO

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

29.0

Abstract:

With the release of President Bushs first National Security Strategy NSS in September 2002, the administration articulated a bold claim about the use of military force that had been crystallizing in American strategic circles over the previous decade. According to a central element in the emerging -Bush Doctrine, launching attacks against so-called rogue states suspected of pursuing weapons of mass destruction was a normatively legitimate and strategically necessary response to the changing threat environment. While the Bush administration used the language of -peremption to characterize this policy option, the logic of using force under these circumstances was drawn directly from the concept of preventive war.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE