|Will the nation have the ability to mobilize its industrial resources in response to a major threat to its security, as it has managed to do in the past? Is that American industrial capacity (or "strategic reserve") still extant? Could it be mobilized in time?|
Those are some of the fundamental questions reflected in the dialogue in this book. It may well be that the progressive tumult of international developments, combined with the caprices of domestic U.S. politics, will intrude further into the framework of assumptions, analyses, and conclusions presented here. What is aspired to at the very least, however, is a basic framework upon which this "insurance policy" can be made a reality. If this is not done, the debate over the wherewithal of the nation's future security seems destined to become an exercise in irrelevance at best, and disastrous futility at worst.