Author(s)Gerstein, Daniel M.
Contributor(s)ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
KeywordsAdministration and Management
Military Forces and Organizations
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
*UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES)
MILITARY FORCE LEVELS
BALANCE OF POWER
*POST-COLD WAR ERA
FUTURE SECURITY REQUIREMENTS
*NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY
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AbstractIn the early 1990s, the world has seen unprecedented changes in the global security environment that have drastically altered the balance of power, and the manner in which nations of the world interact. The evolving international security environment has significant implications for the use of United States military forces in support of national strategic objectives. In the last two years, the world has seen the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, the reunification of Germany, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Simply stated, the paradigm has broken. The comfortable, albeit dangerous, post-World War II world has become more uncertain and unstable, and potentially more dangerous. This study investigates the national security strategy of the United States by identifying threats to its interests, its military forces and their employment, and current defense budget trends. Using this as a baseline, projections are made concerning future security requirements in the post-Cold War world. The thesis discusses post-Cold War national interests, future threats and the military forces necessary to confront them, and necessary budget adjustments.
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