Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

The Global Century: Globalization and National Security

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

The Global Century: Globalization and National Security

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The Global Century: Globalization and National Security edited by Richard L. Kugler and Ellen L. Frost. National Defense University Press (http:// www.ndu.edu/inss/press/ndup2.ht.ini), Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. 20319, 2001, 1,125 pages, $59.00. Available on-line at http:// www.ndu.edu/inss/books/GlobalCentury/glob cencont.html.

With 1,125 pages and 49 chapters organized into five parts in two volumes (three inches thick and weighing in at five and a half pounds), this ambitious project can almost serve as an encyclopedia of American perspectives on globalization and US strategic interests. The collected essays are thorough, to be sure, and the contributors are established heavyweights in the field of security studies, with some new but qualified faces. However, a bias exists, which remains undetected until one reads the foreword and acknowledgments.

The US Navy undertook this project, and Jerry MacArthur Hultin, that service's undersecretary and author of the foreword, charges the analysts with examining how the current globalization trend will affect the United States and how the use of naval power can respond to globalization. This service bias continues in part three, "Military Power: The Challenges Ahead," with most of its 10 chapters devoted to the naval perspective. …

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