The Search for Security: A U.S. Grand Strategy for the Twenty-first Century

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Max G. Manwaring, Edwin G. Corr, Robert H. Dorff
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - Political Science - 149 pages

One of the most common criticisms of current U.S. security policy is that it lacks an overarching strategy, leading to a tendency to address problems and crises individually and in isolation as they arise. This study provides a broad description of the contemporary global security environment and an examination of U.S. security policy since the end of the Cold War. Traditional threats, such as those associated with major theater war, now coexist with newer nontraditional threats. The authors maintain that a sound strategy must support the ability of a country to hedge and adapt to a highly volatile security landscape. That, in turn, is accomplished through an executive level organizational mechanism to authoritatively integrate and execute a cogent national policy.

Understanding the key concepts of strategy and strategy formation is essential in order to place specific challenges--such as global instability and state failure--in an appropriate strategic context. The contributors outline the conceptual guidance for a relevant strategy to deal with the myriad political, economic, informational, and deterrence threats and challenges generated in today's unstable, chaotic, violent, and ambiguous global security environment. Their conclusions are unequivocal. The United States must come to grips with the fundamentally transformed nature of security challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. To do so requires a significant change in how the country develops its security strategy and how the country is organized to plan and implement that strategy.

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Vague Threats and Concrete Dangers The Global Security Environment at the Start of the TwentyFirst Century
The Current US National Security Strategy and Policy A Brief Appraisal
Toward a Forward National Security Strategy
Managing Globalization Lessons for Constructing a Strategic Bridge to the Future
The Central Political Challenge in the Global Security Environment Governance and Legitimacy
The Major Economic Challenge in the Global Security Environment Competing in an Interdependent World
The Information Challenge in the Global Security Environment
The Challenge of Deterrence in the Global Security Arena Thinking about a Peaceful and Prosperous Tomorrow
Where to from Here?
A Grand Strategy for the United States at the Start of the New Millennium The Broad Outlines
Strategy Grand Strategy and the Search for Strategy
About the Contributors

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MAX G. MANWARING is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Dickinson College. He is the editor or co-editor of several books, including El Salvador at War: An Oral History (1989), Managing Contemporary Conflict: Pillars of Success (1996), and Toward Responsibility in the New World Disorder: Challenges and Lessons of Peace Operations (1998).

EDWIN G. CORR is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer and is now Director of the Energy Institute of the Americas and Associate Director of the International Programs Center at the University of Oklahoma. He has written and edited various articles and books, including Low-Intensity Conflict: Old Threats in a New World.

ROBERT H. DORFF is Chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy and holder of the General Maxwell D. Taylor Chair at the U.S. Army War College.

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