Turning Point: The Gulf War and U.S. Military Strategy. Edited by L. Benjamin Ederington and Michael J. Mazarr.
Westview Press, 1995. 290 Pages. $32.95. Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel Harold E. Raugh, Jr, U.S. Army.
The "turning point" of this book's title supposedly refers to the Gulf War and its impact on U.S. military strategy. Considering the contents of the volume-and the significance of actual international events-the real turning point in determining the future of U.S. defense policy and military strategy was the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the United States as the world's sole superpower.
This anthology, therefore, belatedly capitalizes upon the euphoria (and publicity) generated by the Gulf War. It provides wide-ranging perspectives-from a number of prominent strategic thinkers, analysts, and commentators-on the future nature of warfare and its role in international politics. The 14 essays are grouped in four main sections headed: The Context for Military Strategy, The Gulf War and Its Lessons, Elements of Future Strategic Thought, and Summing Up.
Edward N. Luttwak's essay, "The Global Setting of U.S. Military Power," suggests that geopolitics has been replaced by "geoeconomics;' in which "the greatest states in the central arena of world affairs are preoccupied by a new struggle for economic leverage and industrial supremacy" (page 5). …