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America's strategic future : a blueprint for national survival in the new millennium
Van Tuyll, Hubert P.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
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156 pages ; 22 cm.
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This work is a critical examination of the dangers which confront the United States in the current era of global instability with historical examples of past crises and prescriptive suggestions for the future. America enters the post-Cold War world as a superpower, but one whose future security, and perhaps even survival, cannot be taken for granted. Only three times in modern history has the world seen such potential instability; in two of those instances, the result was total war. In the coming millennium, major crises and wars are inevitable. Whether or not the United States successfully negotiates such conflicts will depend upon decisions made today.

Only careful analysis and planning can help to assure that the United States will preserve its independence and prosperity. This study includes historical examples which illustrate why the current global situation is exceptionally dangerous and how America should prepare to avoid and survive crises, maintain freedom of action, and improve strategic decision-making. The author reviews the most dangerous strategic shortcomings and makes twenty-six recommendations for the future on such topics as military force structure, foreign policy goals, and domestic policy.

Author Notes

HUBERT P. VAN TUYLL is Associate Professor of History at Augusta State University. His previous publications include Feeding the Bear: American Aid to the Soviet Union, 1941-1945 (Greenwood, 1989) as well as a number of articles on various military-historical topics.

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Van Tuyll (history, Augusta State Univ.) presents a thoughtful analysis of America's strategic future. Buttressed by many historical examples, he examines today's dangerous times, discusses how to deal with crises, examines how America needs to prepare, advocates the need for freedom of action, discusses decision-making structure and process, and analyzes chinks in America's armor. He finishes with 26 recommendations for the future. The aim of the book is to provide a "set of strategic principles through which the United States can cope with international crises, avoid wars, and in a worst-case scenario, survive--and win them." The book is filled with interesting and provocative hypotheses and comments. For example, the author believes that despite the end of the Cold War, America today is less secure than ever and must carefully prepare for the future. Another important point is that America has never become used to being a great power but needs to do so and must avoid the simple answers and solutions it so loves. Yet another is that the US is a declining nation; as such it would do well to emulate the British example of survival. Many other such thought-provoking views are expressed. This well-reasoned book is highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and professionals. R. L. Wendzel; United States Air University

Table of Contents

Introduction A Dangerous Time
The Moment of Danger Getting Ready
The Real Freedom Deciding Chinks in the Armor
What We Can Do
Bibliographic Essay