The Culture of Defense

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Lexington Books, 2001 - 187 páginas
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Chris Van Aller demonstrates that a better understanding of the complicated civil-military relationship in the United States is prerequisite to reforming the expensive and often inefficient military establishment maintained since World War II. Arguing that reduced defense expenditures and adequate national security are both possible, this book illustrates how American political culture remains deeply ambivalent about national security. Though significant budget cuts have been implemented over the past five years, Van Aller takes a closer look at the fact that no true reorganization or reconceptualization has taken place. For policy makers, historians of American military history and anyone who cares about this complex topic, The Culture of Defense will be indispensable reading.

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Culture and Defense
1
Culture and Military Success
15
The Resistance to Standing Armies
23
An Unmilitary Republic
43
Total War
57
The Search for Identity and Mission
79
The Technology Question
105
CivilMilitary Theory
129
The Civilian Soldier
143
A Time for Decision
157
Bibliography
169
Index
181
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Chris Van Aller is Associate Professor of Political Science at Winthrop College. His research interests include civil-military relations and the political culture of the environment.

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