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Transforming Defense Capabilities: New Approaches for International Security

Scott Jasper, editor
Transforming Defense Capabilities: New Approaches for International Security
ISBN: 978-1-58826-634-7
ISBN: 978-1-58826-610-1
ISBN: 978-1-62637-431-7
2009/259 pages/LC: 2008048408


In the face of today's security challenges, there is widespread recognition of the need to think and act in new ways to ensure both national and collective security interests. Transforming Defense Capabilities succinctly describes what transformation means in this context, why it is essential, and how to translate innovative concepts into relevant, feasible, and useful practice.

The authors define all aspects of the transformation process, offering useful insights and proven methods for developing integrated defense capabilities. Demonstrating how enabling technologies can be combined with personnel development, organizational improvements, and creative change, they present a comprehensive guide for implementing an essential, capabilities-based approach to international defense transformation.


Scott Jasper teaches in the National Security Affairs Department and the Center for Civil-Military Relations at the Naval Postgraduate School. As a captain in the US Navy, he served as deputy for joint experimentation at the US Pacific Command headquarters.


  • Foreword—D. Bedford.
  • The Capabilities-Based Approach—S. Jasper.
  • On Military Revolution—D. Moran
  • The Influence of the Information Age—H. Friman and S. Higgins.
  • Patterns in Innovation—J.J. Garstka.
  • Pressing Contemporary Issues—S. Moreland and J. Mattox.
  • Collective Solution Guidelines—K.L. Mayes and S. Graham.
  • The Role of Concept Development—M. Hallett.
  • Scientific Rigor in Defense Experimentation—G.T. Hodermarsky.
  • The US Shift Beyond Capital Assets—R. Butler.
  • The NATO Response Force Initiative—P. Giarra.
  • Pacific Theater Assessments—M. Chaloupka and M. Solomon.
  • Measuring Progress—S. Jasper.
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