In this volume, prominent civilian and military experts in defense, representing the maritime-continental coalition, military reform, and noninterventionist schools of thought, outline the changes in military strategy, policy, and force structure that they believe the United States must adopt if it is to cope successfully with threats to national security in the 1980s and 1990s. The authors analyze US interests and objectives, the changing strategic environment, and the major security threats facing the United States in the coming decades. They also discuss what they believe is the proper mix of political, economic, and military instruments for dealing with fixture threats. The alternative strategies they present are wide-ranging and comprehensive, running the gamut from a strategic withdrawal from global commitments to proposals for increasing US power projection and forcible entry capabilities in the Third World. In many ways the chapters are critical of current and past approaches to military strategy. The authors believe it is essential that strategists understand the existing critiques of current U.S. military strategy in order to make the correct policy decisions for the future.

part I


chapter Chapter 1|19 pages

Competing Military Strategies: Problems and Prospects

ByKeith A. Dunn, William O. Staudenmaier

part II|63 pages

Strategic Environment

chapter Chapter 2|26 pages

US Strategy and the World of the 1980s: Some Western European Perspectives

ByChristopher J. Makins

chapter Chapter 3|20 pages

Optimism Versus Pessimism: A Soviet View of the Strategic Environment

ByLawrence T. Caldwell

chapter Chapter 4|15 pages

Planning for the Most Likely Contingencies: The Foreign Policy Context

ByJames K. Oliver, James A. Nathan

part III|62 pages

Coping with the Strategic Environment

chapter Chapter 5|46 pages

Competing Views of the Central Region Conventional Balance

ByBarry R. Posen

chapter Chapter 6|14 pages

Conventional Forces: Framing the Issues

ByWilliam S. Lind

part IV|81 pages

Alternative Military Strategies

chapter Chapter 7|15 pages

Strategic-Nuclear Parity Versus the Military Priorities of the Reagan Administration

ByEdward N. Luttwak

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

Third World Conflicts: Implications for US Security and Force Structure

ByJeffrey Record

chapter Chapter 9|31 pages

A Strategy of Restraint for the United States

ByEarl C. Ravenal

chapter Chapter 10|20 pages

US Military Strategy in the Nuclear Era

ByKeith A. Dunn, William O. Staudenmaier