Holding the Line: US Defense Alternatives for the 21st Century

Holding the Line: US Defense Alternatives for the 21st Century

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Overview

An objective and detailed look at the American defense budget and military strategy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262731409
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 01/29/2001
Series: Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


Cindy Williams is Principal Research Scientist in the Security Studies Program at MIT.


Steven E. Miller is director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center.

Sean M. Lynn-Jones is Editor of International Security, the International Security Program's quarterly journal. He is also series editor of the Belfer Center Studies in International Security, the Program's book series that is published by MIT Press.

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A must-read book for everyone who cares about the future of the United States military.—Andrew Krepinevich, Executive Director, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Holding the Line assumes that defense spending will not rise dramatically in the coming decade and suggests instead that a new military strategy is needed to close the current gap between our security requirements and allocated resources. Some may resist the argument that defense spending is unlikely to rise, but a new military strategy for the post-Cold War era is long overdue. This book provides a challenging discussion of alternative military strategies for our new security environment, and it is a good starting point for a debate over the hard strategic choices that must be made.—Carlisle A. Trost, USN (RET), U.S. Chief of Naval Operations 1986-90

Plans are afoot to increase American defense spending to Cold War levels, even though the United States has no serious rival anywhere on the globe. Such foolishness is only possible because the American economy is booming today. But a slowdown is coming, which is going to create significant pressures to cut the Pentagon's budget and reorganize its fighting forces. Holding the Line anticipates that day of reckoning and offers all sorts of interesting and important insights on building an affordable military for the 21st century. It will be a must read for those who have to wrestle with the Pentagon's coming budget crunch.—John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

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Plans are afoot to increase American defense spending to Cold War levels, even though the United States has no serious rival anywhere on the globe. Such foolishness is only possible because the American economy is booming today. But a slowdown is coming, which is going to create significant pressures to cut the Pentagon's budget and reorganize its fighting forces. Holding the Line anticipates that day of reckoning and offers all sorts of interesting and important insights on building an affordable military for the 21st century. It will be a must read for those who have to wrestle with the Pentagon's coming budget crunch.—John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

Carlisle A. Trost

Holding the Line assumes that defense spending will not rise dramatically in the coming decade and suggests instead that a new military strategy is needed to close the current gap between our security requirements and allocated resources. Some may resist the argument that defense spending is unlikely to rise, but a new military strategy for the post-Cold War era is long overdue. This book provides a challenging discussion of alternative military strategies for our new security environment, and it is a good starting point for a debate over the hard strategic choices that must be made.

Andrew Krepinevich

A must-read book for everyone who cares about the future of the United States military.

John J. Mearsheimer

Plans are afoot to increase American defense spending to Cold War levels,even though the United States has no serious rival anywhere on the globe. Such foolishness is only possible because the American economy is booming today. But a slowdown is coming, which is going to create significant pressures to cut the Pentagon's budget and reorganize its fighting forces. Holding the Line anticipates that day of reckoning and offers all sorts of interesting and important insights on building an affordable military for the 21st century. It will be a must read for those who have to wrestle with the Pentagon's coming budget crunch.

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