US Defense Politics, 4th edition | 2020 | Publications

US Defense Politics: The Origins of Security Policy, 4th edition

Harvey M. Sapolsky, Eugene Gholz, Caitlin Talmadge

Routledge, 2020

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This book provides an accessible overview of US defense politics for upper-level students. This new edition has been updated and revised, with new material on the Trump Administration and Space Force.

Analyzing the ways in which the United States prepares for war, the authors demonstrate how political and organizational interests determine US defense policy and warn against over-emphasis on planning, centralization, and technocracy. Focusing on the process of defense policy-making rather than just the outcomes of that process, US Defense Politics departs from the traditional style of many textbooks.

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