U.S. National Security: A Reference Handbook

U.S. National Security: A Reference Handbook

U.S. National Security: A Reference Handbook

U.S. National Security: A Reference Handbook

Synopsis

A thoroughly up-to-date expert analysis of national security issues in the United States, focusing on the dramatic changes brought about by the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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I greatly appreciate the opportunity to update the 2001 edition of this book. Encouraging public debate about national security because it is our security is my goal because I would like to see people understand what their government is asking them to do if they send daughters and sons overseas to fight for us. I have been lucky enough to be a student of national security for most of my life, looking at the field from various angles. I readily acknowledge that I do not have all of the right answers; I don’t think in terms of “right” or “wrong” answers. But I desperately want my fellow citizens to understand that each answer has consequences (some intended, others completely unintended) with which all of us will live. I write about national security because I want people to think about whether they are willing to bear the burden or pay the price of those consequences. While I believe I have the most interesting job in the world, no one should ever confuse enthusiasm on the part of those involved in national security to grasp our work with a desire to go to war; they are not the same thing. No one understands the costs of war better than those who wage it; make no mistake.

Mim Vasan has privileged me as my friend and editor for more than two decades. Dayle Dermatis is patient and gently encouraging. Both were exceedingly frustrated with my unorthodox approach to writing this volume, but I believe we have managed to produce an excellent understanding of national security, keeping our eyes on the prize. Cami Cacciatore was a sensational editor. The staff at ABC-CLIO, no matter what role, is incredibly helpful. I thank each and every one of them.

Bonnie and Scott Nordstrom are the two most patient, supportive children in the world. In our few hours together weekly . . .

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