This volume provides the first detailed analysis of the trends in U.S. contingency capabilities since the end of the Gulf War, the impact of the Bush administration's "Base Force" policy, and the Clinton administration's "Bottom Up Review" of current U.S. contingency capabilities. It examines U.S. capabilities in the Gulf through the year 2001, the impact of current force improvement plans and defense budgets, and the new problems created by the need for counter-proliferation strategy. Finally, it details the new strategic relationships that have developed between the U.S. and the Southern Gulf states since the Gulf War, as well as the impact of U.S. arms sales and military assistance.
Anthony H. Cordesman has served in senior positions in the office for the secretary of defense, NATO, and the U.S. Senate. He is currently a senior fellow and Co-Director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an adjunct professor of National Security Studies at Georgetown University, and a special consultant on military affairs for ABC News. He lives in Washington, D.C.