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US National Security: Policymakers, Processes, and Politics, 5th edition

Sam C. Sarkesian, John Allen Williams, and Stephen J. Cimbala
US National Security: Policymakers, Processes, and Politics, 5th edition
ISBN: 978-1-58826-856-3
$27.50
ISBN: 978-1-62637-023-4
$27.50
2012/347 pages/LC: 2012020828
Praise for the previous editions:

"Takes us through the process and the institutions briefly, clearly, logically.... A most thoughtful and enlightening presentation."—International Affairs

"The most easily understood introduction to the U.S. national security process is still Sam C. Sarkesian's U.S. National Security."—Military Review

"Well organized, probing, instructive, and multidimensional in perspective."—Perspectives on Political Science

DESCRIPTION

The fifth edition of US National Security retains the structure and approach that have made this text so successful, but it has been revised and updated throughout to reflect the challenges faced by the Obama administration. The choices necessary in an increasingly budget-constrained environment, the broader range of national security issues, and the evolving nature of counterinsurgency doctrine and practice are among the currents that inform the authors’ clear presentation and appraisal of US security interests, politics, and processes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The late Sam C. Sarkesian was most recently professor emeritus of political science at Loyola University Chicago. John Allen Williams is professor of political science at Loyola and chair and president of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. Stephen J. Cimbala is distinguished professor of political science at the Penn State Brandywine.

CONTENTS

  • National Interests and National Security. 
  • THE NATIONAL SECURITY CONTEXT.
  • Who's Who in the International System.
  • The Conflict Spectrum.
  • National Security, Nuclear Weapons, and Arms Control.
  • The US Political System.
  • THE NATIONAL SECURITY ESTABLISHMENT.
  • The President and the Presidency.
  • The Policy Triad and the National Security Council.
  • The Military Establishment.
  • The Intelligence Establishment.
  • THE NATIONAL SECURITY SYSTEM AND THE POLICY PROCESS.
  • The Policy Process.
  • The President and Congress.
  • Empowering the People.
  • Civil-Military Relations.
  • LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE.
  • Long-Range Issues of National Security.
  • Making the System Work.
     
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