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USAF Institute for National Security Studies

Works: 109 works in 225 publications in 1 language and 13,820 library holdings
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Classifications: UA23, 327.73051
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Y : the sources of Islamic revolutionary conduct by Stephen P Lambert ( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Chinese People's Liberation Army "short arms and slow legs" by Russell D Howard ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the 28th volume in the Occasional Paper series of the U.S. Air Force Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). As INSS did earlier this year with its publication of two companion papers on NATO, it now offers two complementary studies that address Chinese security developments and U.S.-Chinese relations into the first part of the 21st century. This study, Russ Howard's "The Chinese People's Liberation Army: Short Arms and Slow Legs," examines the military side of the Chinese equation. Colonel Howard analyzes Chinese military capabilities and intentions through the lens of China's military spending and its military doctrine, with a particular focus on the constraints China faces in attempting to fulfill the intent implied through its doctrine. He concludes that at least in the short- to mid-term, the PLA will fall short of meeting its doctrinal promise, allowing it to become a stronger regional power, but preventing its emergence as a global military peer competitor to the United States. In the companion Occasional Paper 29, LTC (P) Neal Anderson's "Overcoming Uncertainty: U.S.-China Strategic Relations in the 21st Century," the focus shifts to the diplomatic and economic dimensions of the Chinese equation. Together the two studies offer valuable insights into a rising regional power with whom the United States must interact in shaping a secure and stable East Asia
Overcoming uncertainty U.S.-China strategic relations in the 21st century by Walter N Anderson ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mutual uncertainty colors every aspect of U.S.-China relations. America worries that China will use its growing military power in pursuit of its expanding interests. Beijing fears the U.S. will try to prevent it from achieving its comprehensive modernization goals. Thus, there lingers an omnipresent perception on both sides that the United States and China are on a road to inevitable confrontation. Policy makers and defense planners on each side are, therefore, required to hedge against some future, undefined, military threat from the other which, in turn, feeds mutual distrust. This paper offers a range of policy steps that would work to overcome mutual uncertainty and advance responsibly U.S.-China relations. Changes in the global strategic environment, China's prospects for development, and the full range of vital and important bilateral security issues are explored, including both sides' goals, interests, and strategic perspectives regarding these issues. Bilateral military relations are also addressed, including why and how they should support the overall security relationship. Ultimately, this paper is intended to provide a framework for a balanced debate on China policy that would contribute to improved stability and predictability in U.S.-China relations
Interpreting shadows arms control and defense planning in a rapidly changing multi-polar world by David R King ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The focus of arms control is changing. It now deals with issues affecting all nations and not just the super powers. A new framework for approaching non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and arms control could focus on a two-fold policy initiative. The first policy would be a new strategic "triad" built around conventional capability including rapidly deployable forces, regional ballistic missile defense, and long-range precision-strike capability. The second policy would employ an information strategy using the current diplomatic initiatives that appear to be the most productive, or unilateral and multilateral export controls, military assistance in the form of infrastructure, and confidence building measures. Continued success in arms control requires abandoning Cold War policies. Emerging policies will need to appreciate different world views. Good intelligence will be a key factor in the success of any policy orientation and its implementation. The focus needs to change from arms control involving the superpowers to arms control involving everyone
The next peace operation U.S. Air Force issues and perspectives by William C Thomas ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This study examines the role of the Air Force in future peace operations. The authors draw upon the experience of the US and other nations to improve understanding of how peacekeeping forces operate and shed light on how best to employ American forces. This paper reviews existing US military doctrine and examines the impact on combat readiness. The authors then suggest areas for consideration regarding the preparation for conduct of peace operations. Air Force doctrine is not required so long as appropriate doctrine for various functional areas is incorporated into strategies and operation plans. Coercive airpower can play a role in peace operations, but the most powerful contribution of airpower is likely to come through air mobility As long as the American government and public feel that peace operations will help promote national security interests, the US military will be called upon to participate in those missions alongside many other agencies. This paper neither advocates the use of military forces for peace operations nor recommends they not be employed. It address the current reality, and it should help military members understand the very unusual tasks they will no doubt be called upon to perform in the next peace operations
Out of (South) Africa Pretoria's nuclear weapons experience by Roy E Horton ( Book )
4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Uncharted paths, uncertain vision U.S. military involvements in Sub-Saharan Africa in the wake of the Cold War by Dan Henk ( )
3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Few regions have seen more tragedy in the post-Cold War worlds than parts of sub-Saharan Africa, a region remarkable for the number of external military interventions in the 199Os. The United States has conducted a wide variety of military involvements in the region over the past decade. While humanitarian relief and peace operations have generated the most publicity, other more routine military relationships and activities are of far greater long-term significance. Taken as a whole, U.S. policy in Africa tends to be reactive rather than proactive. This severely undermines its ability to protect the nation's regional interests. Unwillingness to attenuate regional problems in the their early stages leads to expensive crisis interventions. More effective use of military involvements would entail greater effort to shape the regional security environment. In order to improve the value of its African military involvements, the United States should, among other things, develop a coherent "National Security Strategy for Africa," create a unified command (or "sub" command) with sole responsibility for the region and develop mechanisms for objectively measuring the value (to U.S. regional interests) of specific nation assistance programs
NATO counterproliferation policy a case study in alliance politics by Jeffrey Arthur Larsen ( )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
NATO, potential sources of tension by Joseph R Wood ( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Threat perceptions in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore by William E Berry ( )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three countries, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore, each represent a different security relationship with the U.S. The U.S. has had a long security tie with the Philippines. Although there are no longer house American forces, the Mutual Defense Treaty remains in effect. Malaysia has taken a approach to its national security by employing a more neutral orientation by not antagonizing China. Singapore has been more proactive in developing its security ties with the U.S. It has taken specific steps in the effort to keep the U.S. engaged in the region. The first section outlines the nature of the U.S. military presence in East Asia from the Cold War to post-Cold War periods. The second identifies some real and potential security threats in the region from the American perspective. The final section reports the results of a series of more than 50 interviews conducted in Washington and in each of the three countries, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore, based on the following questions of vital national security objectives and threats
Weapons proliferation and organized crime the Russian military and security force dimension by Graham Hall Turbiville ( Book )
3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One dimension of international security of the post-Cold War era that has not received enough attention is how organized crime facilitates weapons proliferation worldwide. The former Soviet Union (FSU) has emerged as the world's greatest counterproliferation challenge. It contains the best developed links among organized crime, military and security organizations, and weapons proliferation. Furthermore, Russian military and security forces are the principle source of arms becoming available to organized crime groups, participants in regional conflict, and corrupt state officials engaged in the black, gray, and legal arms markets in their various dimensions. The flourishing illegal trade in conventional weapons is the clearest and most tangible manifestation of the close links between Russian power ministries and criminal organizations. The magnitude of the WMD proliferation problem from the FSU is less clear and less tangible. There have been many open reports of small-scale fissile material smuggling out of the FSU. The situation with regard to the proliferation of chemical weapon usually receives less attention but may be more serious. With an acknowledged stockpile of 40,000 metric tons of chemical agents, the potential for proliferation is enormous
Nonlethal weapons terms and references ( Book )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Environmental security in the Czech Republic status and concerns in the post-Communist era by Paul J Valley ( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Russia's crumbling tactical nuclear weapons complex an opportunity for arms control by Stephen P Lambert ( Book )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As politicians and policy makers trumpet the successes of strategic reductions and the achievements of the START agreements, Russia has increasingly focused on a rhetorical and doctrinal campaign to enhance the credibility of nuclear war fighting threats by legitimizing theater or tactical nuclear systems. The Russian Federation is convinced that its security rests upon these weapons, and it has therefore attempted to shield both the personnel and the hardware from the effects of the military rollback. The notion that the two largest possessors of nuclear weapons could speedily draw down their arsenals to under 2000 warheads, as a START 3 regime suggests, is misguided. This ignores the thousands of so called tactical nuclear weapons possessed by both states. The very real threats associated with Russia's tactical nuclear arsenal should impel those with genuine concerns to redirect their efforts toward the lower end of nuclear weapons spectrum. The arms control proposal presented in this paper incorporates a regime calling for the elimination of air delivered tactical nuclear weapons that may prove to be a useful model for reinvigorating the stalled process of nuclear arms reductions
Nuclear proliferation the diplomatic role of non-weaponized programs by Rosalind R Reynolds ( )
3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The end of the Cold War has not seen the end of reliance on nuclear weapons for deterrence or diplomacy purposes. The use of nuclear weapons for such purposes is as evident in the threshold states as in the nuclear powers. The nuclear weapon states used their nuclear weapons for deterrence, bargaining, and blackmail, even during the early years of the Cold War when the U.S. was essentially non-Weaponized. In the nuclear non-Weaponized states in Asia a non-Weaponized deterrent relationship is developing between India and Pakistan and North Korea has used its nuclear program to restore diplomatic relations with the international community. The role of nuclear weapons in the post Cold War world is determined by the role of non-Weaponized programs in proliferating states. This paper describes examples in South Asia and the Korean peninsula and show that while an increased reliance on nuclear weapons programs may be a threat to the current non-proliferation regime, the focus on non-Weaponized programs rather than on weapons themselves actually improves international security by reducing the threat of nuclear war
Political-military affairs officers and the Air Force continued turbulence in a vital career specialty by James E Kinzer ( )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Air Force's system has many deficiencies for preparing and utilizing political-military affairs officers to help develop and implement the military dimensions of US foreign policy. Important policy-making and implementation billets are routinely filled by officers with inadequate education and regional expertise to perform their duties competently. Meanwhile, officers who have acquired such skills remain untapped for sensitive political-military positions due to the personnel system's inability to track them and assign them to billets where their skills are needed. The paper clarifies the need within the post-Cold War environment for officers with both general international relations skills and specific regional expertise. Specific recommendations are provided aimed at improving the development and use of political-military affairs officers. A specific career field should be created that is capable of providing well-trained officers to fill billets requiring expertise in political science, international relations, or a specific region of the world. Thousands of staff jobs should be reevaluated to determine which positions require specific advanced degrees and language skills. The report offers suggestions for striking a balance between getting a sufficient payback in follow-on tours for the specialized education and training and ensuring that these officers remain credible within their operational specialties
A post-Cold War nuclear strategy model by Gwendolyn M Hall ( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Conceptualization of nuclear weapons in the post-Cold War environment will require some elements of the old Cold War debate, and some new concerns resulting from the events in the 1990s. The first relevant debate will pertain to classic Cold War arguments about deterrence and its utility. The other part of this conceptualization will be the need to monitor and evaluate the current military, economic, and political situation in Russia. Carefull consideration must be taken of the recent proposals for changing the alert status of the US strategic nuclear arsenal. Since U.S. nuclear strategy and posture will reflect certain domestic and political realities, it would be helpful to consider which ones have merit in this arena. Also dominant in the debate concerning the future of nuclear weapons is the broader nature of the overall global environment. Significant changes in these relationships in the post-Cold War era are the predecessor to significant changes in military postures
Economic power in the Sino-U.S. relationship by Kevin F Donovan ( )
4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Juggling the bear assessing NATO enlargement in light of Europe's past and Asia's future by David S Fadok ( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This paper focuses on the expansion of NATO through Russian membership. Many dismiss Russian membership as a political nonstarter due the perceived high economic and political costs. This paper argues that the US should advocate Russian membership into NATO as a means to counter internal threats to Russian democratization, construct an effective security architecture for post-Cold War Europe, and address emerging challenges to Asia-Pacific security, notably, China's rise as a regional "peer competitor", and its burgeoning relationship with Russia. US support for Russian NATO membership would combat the threats to Russian democratization. These threats include the steady expansion of organized crime, the popular nationalist-authoritarian political elite, and an increasingly discontented military. Russian membership would also provide an "air of security" in which the fledgling democracy can take flight. If the US truly intends to go beyond the Cold War barriers it entrenched, it must lead Europe in the construction of a genuine pan- continental security structure that includes Russia as a full member
Environmental federalism and U.S. military installations a framework for compliance by James M Smith ( )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recent regulatory trends and political decisions have resulted in devolution of environmental regulation responsibility from the federal government to the states. The resulting compliance situation for the military is one of multiple bureaucracies, layered regulations, duplicated reporting requirements, and conflicting mission priorities, all in a "business" in which there is an inherent potential for significant environmental damage. The military official charged with environmental compliance is responding to many masters and pressures. This paper suggests a compliance strategy and organization to respond to environmental devolution and federalism. The context of environmental regulation policy today is incremental (progressing with advances in science and politics through a series of increasingly broad regulatory requirements); fragmented (between pollution mediums-air, water, waste-and between executive agencies, legislative committees, courts, interest groups, and state agencies); and federal (with national, state, and local governments sharing responsibilities for environmental standards and enforcement). Empirical studies of state regulatory policy find that political factors, such as party control of the governorship and the legislature, bureaucratic capability, and recent changes in state population, best explain state actions. Economic factors (state wealth and competition with other states, the economic significance of the polluting industries) are also important influences. Overall, state environmental policy can be explained by the severity of the state's pollution problem, the wealth of the state's population, the partisanship of state politics, and the organizational capacity of the state government
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Institute for National Security Studies (United States Air Force Academy)
United States Air Force Academy. Institute for National Security Studies
USA Air Force Academy Institute for National Security Studies
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