National Security Dilemmas
Challenges and Opportunities
By (author) Colin S. Gray
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National Security Dilemmas by Colin S. Gray
Book DescriptionA contemporary primer on the leading arguments about U.S. national security, National Security Dilemmas addresses the major challenges and opportunities that are live-issue areas for American policymakers and strategists today. Colin S. Gray provides an in-depth analysis of a policy and strategy for deterrence; the long-term U.S. bid to transform its armed forces' capabilities, with particular reference to strategic surprise, in the face of many great uncertainties; the difficulty of understanding and exploiting the challenge of revolutionary change in warfare; the problems posed by enemies who fight using irregular methods; and the awesome dilemmas for U.S. policy over the options to wage preventive and preemptive warfare. With forty years' experience as a strategist, within and outside of government, Gray uses a problem-solving motif throughout the book, suggesting solutions to the challenges he identifies. The book's master narrative is that the United States must take a more considered strategic approach to its security dilemmas. Too often, the country's leaders decide on a policy and then move to take action, all the while neglecting to devise a plan that would connect its political purposes to military means. While many of Gray's judgments here are critical of current ideas and behavior, he crafted them as helpful guides should planners adopt them when revising policies and approaches. Strategy is a practical matter; truly it is the zone wherein theory meets practice. This text can be used as an expert guide to the major national security challenges of today. It both explains the structure of these challenges and provides useful answers. With a foreword by Lt. Gen. Paul K. Van Riper, USMC (Ret.), Bren Chair, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781597972635
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Potomac Books Inc
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Colin S. Gray
Strategy and Defence Planning, Paperback (August 2016)
Strategy and Defence Planning: Meeting the Challenge of Uncertainty explores and examines why and how security communities prepare purposefully for their future defence. Professor Gray argues that our understanding of human nature, of politics, and of strategic history, does allow us to make prudent choices in defence planning.
Perspectives on Strategy, Paperback (August 2016)
Perspectives on Strategy examines in depth five aspects of strategy from the perspectives of: intellect, morality, culture, geography, and technology. The author asks and answers the most challenging and rewarding questions that can be posed in order to reveal the persisting universal nature, but ever changing character, of strategy.
Strategy Bridge, Paperback (August 2016)View all books by Colin S. Gray
The Strategy Bridge presents and explains the general theory of strategy and demonstrates the relevance of that theory to the real world of practice. The author explains what strategy is and how it relates to politics and warfare. The book is not 'about' the theory of strategy, rather it is that theory.
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