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Wickman, Stephen B. 1953-

Works: 5 works in 30 publications in 1 language and 1,230 library holdings
Roles: Editor, Other, Redactor, Author
Classifications: DH418, 949.3
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Most widely held works by Stephen B Wickman
Belgium, a country study( Book )

5 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belgium, a country study by United States( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Emotional Base of America's Military-Industrial Complex by Stephen B Wickman( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As American troops test their latest doctrine and equipment in the streets of Iraq, William Greider and James Der Derian s critiques may seem unpatriotic. (Let's face it, their self-immolating polemics do not represent the best in unbiased social-scientific research.) But particularly during the first war of the 21st century, the key questions posed by each deserve attention. Greider asks if we should continue to subsidize what Eisenhower dubbed the "military-industrial complex," while Der Derian wonders if our relentless pursuit for high-speed and "virtual" battlefield technology has not undermined our capacity for objective thought. Greider s arguments are chiefly economic. We cannot afford to run the existing inventory of tanks, ships and aircraft built to fight a now-defunct opponent even as we replace them with new versions built at a much higher marginal cost. We have an exaggerated redundancy of killing power" ("at least 10 ways to hit 65 percent of the thousands of expected ground targets in two major regional conflicts," according to the General Accounting Office). The money spent on training for these redundant systems provides few collateral benefits (increasing the employment prospects for "working class recruits, for example). Industrial restructuring nameplate consolidation, outsourcing, and "lean manufacturing has left "an oligopoly of three mammoth corporations" using all of their political and market power to keep their "rent- 1 free" factories "warm" at perhaps only one-third capacity. We allow these ailing giants to export, fortifying future adversaries like China. And as stock prices fall, the Pentagon cannot afford to let these companies fail. The self-licking ice cream cone" that is the Congress of the United States prevents the closure of redundant factories and is satisfied by minor reforms, such as procuring a few items "off the shelf."
North Korea's Perennial Diet of Carrots and Sticks by Stephen B Wickman( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "new direction" promised at the end of the Clinton Administration never came. During the first high-level contact between the Bush Administration and the isolated North Korean government in early October 2002, the DPRK acknowledged it had clandestinely developed facilities to enrich uranium, saying it was no longer bound by the terms of a 1994 accord that froze its old plutonium-based program. In one bold stroke, North Korea's reclusive leader, Kim Jong Il, had given the United States an opportunity to isolate the DPRK from its traditional allies, China and Russia. The Bush Administration could now give North Korea a clear choice: dismantle all of its nuclear facilities in return for continued engagement or face a series of escalating economic and military sanctions. For this all-too-familiar carrot and stick strategy to work, however, China and Russia must be convinced to threaten to cut off critical fuel exports to North Korea, something they have been unwilling to do in the past. The risk is that China, Russia or both could overtly or covertly undermine any sanctions regime, forcing the United States to pursue unilateral military options that might split the U.S.-Japan-ROK alliance or spiral into a devastating war. The "wild card" is the current Iraq crisis. If the United States succeeds in toppling the Iraqi regime and if North Korea does not develop a significant nuclear deterrent in the interim, the U.S. negotiating position with its allies and adversaries could be strengthened. Regime change in North Korea might then become an explicit goal of U.S. policy. In any event, a preemptive military strike on North Korean facilities would effectively entail a strategy aimed at toppling the Kim Jong Il regime. It should be recommended only as a last resort and only if it is certain that China and Russia will sit on the sidelines
Area Handbook Series. Belgium: A Country Study( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Contents: Historical Setting; The Society and Its Environment; The Economy; Government and Politics; National Security
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Audience level: 0.32 (from 0.31 for Belgium, a ... to 0.99 for Area Handb ...)

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