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Measuring national power in the postindustrial age
Tellis, Ashley J.
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Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND/Arroyo Center, 2000.
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xvi, 196 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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The arrival of postindustrial society has transformed the traditional bases ofnational power, and thus the methods used to measure the relative power of nations should be reassessed as well. Appreciating the true basis of national power requires not merely a meticulous detailing of visible military assets but also a scrutiny of larger capabilities embodied in such variables as the aptitude for innovation, the soundness of social institutions, and the quality of the knowledge base--all of which may bear upon acountry's capacity to produce the one element still fundamental to international politics: effective military power. The authors reconfigure the notion of national power to accommodate a wider understanding of capability, advancing a conceptual framework that measures three distinct areas--national resources, national performance, and militarycapability--to help the intelligence community develop a better evaluation of a country's national power. The analysis elaborates the rationale for assessing each of these areas and offers ideas on how to measure them in tangible ways. An analyst's handbook, RAND/MR-1110/1-A, is also available.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Figuresp. ix
Summaryp. xi
Chapter 1 Introduction: Why the Interest in National Power?p. 1
Chapter 2 Power and National Power: Some Conceptual Considerationsp. 13
Chapter 3 Reviewing Traditional Approaches to Measuring National Powerp. 25
Chapter 4 Toward a Revised View of Measuring National Powerp. 35
Chapter 5 Measuring National Resourcesp. 53
Chapter 6 Measuring National Performancep. 91
Chapter 7 Measuring Military Capabilityp. 133
Chapter 8 Conclusionp. 177
Appendix: Quantitative Indicators of National Powerp. 179
Bibliographyp. 183