Academic journal article Military Review

When America Fights: The Uses of U.S. Military Force

Academic journal article Military Review

When America Fights: The Uses of U.S. Military Force

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WHEN AMERICA FIGHTS: The Uses of U.S. Military Force, Donald M. Snow, Congressional Quarterly Press, Washington, DC, 2000, 289 pages, $24.95.

Donald M. Snow's When America Fights: The Uses of U.S. Military Force is a thoughtful view of current foreign policy and an insightful vision of what the U.S. could face in the future. Snow addresses current policy, options for engagement in the post-Cold War world, and his vision of dilemmas that might arise from engagement issues.

Several major points, represented by five logically developed chapters, support Snow's thesis. The first chapter establishes a foundation for current security strategy. Snow poses questions with which to determine if U.S. security strategy adequately addresses national needs and whether it is applicable for any area of the world.

Chapter 2 focuses on how U.S. strategy should be fashioned in the post-Cold War environment. The military instrument of power was used in realist paradigm scenarios up to the end of the Cold War. During the 1990s, however, events in Bosnia and Kosovo changed the framework. …

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