Making Twenty-first-century Strategy: An Introduction to the by Dennis M Drew, Donald M Snow

By Dennis M Drew, Donald M Snow

This new paintings defines nationwide protection method, its pursuits, the issues it confronts, and the impacts that constrain and facilitate its improvement and implementation in a post-Cold battle, post-9/11 setting. The authors word that making and enforcing nationwide technique facilities on probability administration and current a version for assessing strategic dangers and the method for allocating constrained assets to minimize them. the key threats dealing with the U.S. now come from its particular prestige as "the sole last superpower" opposed to which no geographical region or different entity can wish to compete via traditional skill. the choice is what's now known as asymmetrical or fourth iteration war. Drew and Snow talk about some of these elements intimately and convey them jointly by way of analyzing the continued difficulties of constructing approach in a replaced and altering international. initially released in 2006.

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The fundamental functions of the military strategists, however, are basically the same as they were in the time of Frederick the Great, as, in fact, they have always been—developing, deploying, and orchestrating the effective employment of military forces. Strategists continue their age-old struggle to overcome the problems involved in marshaling and using military forces in order to achieve a desired objective while coping with myriad influences, many of which are beyond anyone’s control. Only the context of the struggle has changed.

The argument that intervention was justified on the grounds of a “humanitarian vital interest” in ending the slaughter did little to clarify the debate. The translation of basic national interests into objectives leading to the formulation of grand national strategy and the factors influencing that translation can be exemplified. Beginning in the late 1940s and extending to the end of the Cold War, US grand national strategy was the containment of communism. The core assumption of the strategy is that Soviet-dominated 39 GRAND NATIONAL STRATEGY communist states should not be allowed to spread beyond the boundaries established at the end of World War II because further spread would eventually pose a direct threat to the United States.

To prevent such self-defeating behavior, those charged with making grand strategy decisions must assign what are essentially roles and missions to the various instruments of power, determine methods to make the roles and missions mutually supporting, and identify areas of potential conflict. Grand strategy is the highest-level connection and primary interface between nonmilitary instruments of power and the military establishment. This is an important point for at least two reasons. First, grand strategy becomes the focal point for arguments about the utility of military force in any given international confrontation.

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