Accession Number:

ADA615535

Title:

Do Fewer Resources Mean Less Influence? A Comparative Historical Case Study of Military Influence in a Time of Austerity

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

93.0

Abstract:

It is common in post-conflict situations for a societal conversation about defense cutbacks to take place. Regardless of the time period or country in which such conversations occur, some universal themes can be identified 1. A claim which appears in the media and in the legislature that cost savings will be realized, and that these savings are collective property owed to citizens as a reward for supporting the effort. 2. A redefinition of the utility of traditional military tools in a changed, post-conflict society, accompanied sometimes by a larger conversation about the utility of the hegemon s leading position in the international system. 3. A tendency for new presidential doctrines to emerge that drive defense policy, including defense cuts. 4. A search for new, cheaper military technologies developed during wartime to be used in place of conventional military forces. 5. A sense that the military, which grew powerful during wartime, should now take a backseat in society while problems like social welfare are tackled by policymakers. 6. A tendency for threats to be redefined in both the short and long term.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE