Several years of experience in the classroom with this text have confirmed the usefulness of the ideas of the various authors in raising important issues about the military profession and the waging of war. Those who have used these readings in classes at military academies, in civilian courses on war and peace, in various ways as part of professional military education curricula, and in ROTC courses at many universities have provided help in identifying the more relevant readings.
With the publication (and the attendant publicity) of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter "The Challenge of Peace", in May of 1983, much additional attention has been focused on nuclear war, nuclear deterrence, and even more recently the strategic defense initiatives. This second edition provides eight new readings associated with these topics in Part 2 plus four different readings for Part 1. The "Introductions" to Parts 1 and 2 have been rewritten to accord with the additions to and deletions from materials in the first edition. The new readings in Part 1 are Chapters 1, 8, 9, and 15. The new readings in Part 2 are Chapters 17, 18, 19, 28, 30, 31, 32, and 33.
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