America's Armed Forces: A Handbook of Current and Future Capabilities


This handbook by 14 well-known experts provides an overall analysis of U.S. military strengths and weaknesses in the 1990s and needs at the turn of the century. The first part of the book covers the U.S. armed forces under the Department of Defense and the military chain of command. The second half of the book deals with the American way of war, different military conflicts, and noncombat contingencies. The introduction defines national security concepts and sets the stage for the assessments that follow; the conclusion evaluates the military challenges confronting the United States in the 21st century. Each chapter offers short lists of readings. A glossary and comprehensive index make this an easy-to-use reference for students, teachers, professionals, and general readers concerned with America's defense needs.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Daniel J. Kaufman
  • John Allen Williams
  • James A. Mowbray
  • Allan R. Millett
  • Charles E. Heller
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1996


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