For Americans, the redefinition of "national security" that began on September 11, 2001, has sparked a raging debate. Shall we reinstitute the draft? Shall we hire soldiers from the for-profit sector? How can we use the Internet and electronic media to fight terrorism? These are new questions, and we're just beginning to answer them.
The end of the Cold War ushered in a new kind of war that has already made conventional tactics and strategy obsolete. How has the U.S. military responded?
In U.S. Military Service: A Reference Handbook, Cynthia Watson, professor of strategy at the National War College, analyzes the major issues that are reshaping the military in the era of global terrorism -- problems of recruitment, urban warfare, effective use of electronic media, and rebuilding failed states. She also examines the unprecedented policy of relinquishing military duties to the for-profit sector, which has occurred in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Through a combination of detailed analysis and broad overview, the work shows how the U.S. military is quickly transforming itself into a leaner, more agile force.
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