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Politics as a category is generally applied to the art or science of running governmental or state affairs, including behavior within civil governments, but also applies to institutions, fields, and special interest groups such as the corporate, academic, and religious segments of society. It consists of social relations involving authority or power and to the methods and tactics used to formulate and apply policy. Modern political discourse focuses on democracy and the relationship between people and politics. It is thought of as the way we choose government officials and make decisions about public policy.

 
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Preventing Catastrophe : US Policy Options for Management of Nucle...

By: Lieutenant Colonel Martin J. Wojtysiak,USAF

In Preventing Catastrophe: US Policy Options for Management of Nuclear Weapons in South Asia, Lt Col Martin J. “Marty” Wojtysiak, USAF, proposes a response to the dangerous proliferation of nuclear weapons in India and Pakistan. This paper highlights the threat in “The Nuclear Catastrophe of 2005,” a gripping projection of the worstcase scenario on the current realities of the Indian subcontinent. Written a year after the “catastrophe,” it vividly describes the events le...

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Global Capitalism and Nihilism

By: Mehmet Zafer Demir
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Air National Guard Fighters in the Total Force

By: Joseph E. Lucas; Stuart C. Johnson

The study presents and analyzes the pros and cons of three possible options: (1) increasing active duty manning in all Guard fighter units, (2) increasing active duty manning in only a few select Guard fighter units, and (3) moving most, if not all, of the fighters out of the Guard and into the active duty force. If current trends play out, the US military will benefit from having thought about, discussed, and debated this problem. In their insightful study, Lieutenant C...

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The Walker Papers ; A US Strategy for Iran, Vol. 11

By: Lt. Col. Charles A. Douglass, USAF; Lt. Col. Michael D. Hays, USAF

Arguably a top tier concern for American foreign policy for more than a few years, Iran gets the meticulous attention of two distinguished Air Force scholars. Lt Cols Charles A. Douglass and Michael D. Hays are critical of the current American policy toward Iran and tell us why. More importantly, they point to elements necessary for an effective Iranian strategy. Their aim: “to change the fundamental calculus of the Iranian problem” to one beneficial for both Americans and Iranians.

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The Walker Papers : Future of NATO-Russian Relations or How to Dan...

By: Gordon B. Hendrickson

In this paper, Lt Col Gordy Hendrickson examines the recent history of the relationship and the Russian perspectives on that history and addresses many of the potentially contentious issues still facing NATO and Russia. He then outlines a useful framework for interaction between the two sides—a framework which can form the foundation for concrete actions and programs to continue down the path of mutual cooperation. Colonel Hendrickson concludes by proposing several pract...

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The Walker Papers : Developing Doctrine for the Future Joint Force...

By: Charles Q. Brown Jr.

Doctrine governing the integration of air and ground operations has been a hotly contested area since World War I. Historically, the services have developed and published their doctrine separately, often causing seams in thought and execution. Although joint doctrine exists for today’s joint force, its development followed the same historical pattern—taking service doctrines and “melding” into joint doctrine. This construct for developing joint doctrine has its shortcomi...

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The Walker Papers : Transnational Crime and the Criminal-Terrorist...

By: Jennifer L. Hesterman

Colonel Hesterman's analysis of this subject is accurate and timely. She provides a fresh look at the criminal/terrorist nexus and by examining corporate trends, provides unique insights into funding aspects of both activities. This important subject matter is ripe for further policy and substantive analytical focus. Analysts and policy makers alike can certainly use her study’s conclusions and recommendations in their efforts to protect our nation against this vexing threat.

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A US Air Force Strategy for Africa

By: Paul F. Spaven

The study concludes that a viable Air Force strategy in Africa is properly based on modest “ends” that reflect US national interests on the continent that are themselves limited in scope. These modest ends require that correspondingly limited “ways” and “means” be applied in order for the entire Air Force approach to remain balanced. The ways should focus on missions that create conditions for African states to solve their own security issues, thereby increasing their le...

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The Politics of Coercion : Toward a Theory of Coercive Airpower fo...

By: Ellwood P. "Skip" Hinman

In The Politics of Coercion: Toward a Theory of Coercive Airpower for Post–Cold War Conflict, Lt Col Ellwood P. “Skip” Hinman IV confronts an issue of high interest to airmen and policy makers alike: What does coercion theory suggest about the use of airpower in the early twenty-first century? More specifically, Colonel Hinman seeks to determine whether any of the existing theories of coercion can stand alone as a coherent, substantive, and codified approach to airpower ...

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Airpower versus Terrorism : Three Case Studies

By: Maj Todd R. Phinney, USAF

This study analyzes the effectiveness of airpower versus terrorism using three case studies.

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The Influence of Politics, Technology, and Asia on the Future of U...

By: Lt. Col. Jeffrey T. Butler, USAF

Missile defense has become a key factor in US strategic planning. The problem, of course, lies with the stage of current technological development. Mid-course or terminal-phase systems appear closer to feasibility just now, at least theoretically.

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Rethinking The QDR : The Case for a Persistent Defense Review

By: Lt. Col. P. Dean Patterson, Jr., USMC; Lt. Col. Lenny J. Richoux, USAF

To ensure that the DOD is properly managing taxpayer’s money while still providing the best for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, we must not pay just lip service to this upcoming quadrennial defense review.

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The International Criminal Court : Why We Need It, How We Got It, ...

By: DONALD A. MACCUISH, Ed.

It is my hope that these three essays provide the reader with a better and more comprehensive understanding of the International Criminal Court, its development, and the reasons all Americans should be concerned. For the non-American reader, I hope that these essays provide a well-articulated explanation of our concerns about the International Criminal Court.

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Global Security Concerns : Anticipating the Twenty-First Century

By: Karl P. Magyar

The analysts were charged with the task of anticipating which specific contentious issues likely will propel large, organized political units to choose violent means of acquiring their sociopolitical objectives rather than attaining them peacefully. The units on which we focus have been traditionally identified as states, but we recognize that a host of new sub- and suprastate actors also will play major roles in such wars; hence, we also will allude to them.

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Airpower, Afghanistan, and the Future of Warfare : An Alternative View

By: Lt Col Craig D. Wills, USAF

Wills argues that the twentieth-century argument between air and ground proponents has changed significantly since the Gulf War, and it comes down to the relative importance of the ground or air in the mix. It is more than just using air as a supporting component to the ground forces—if this is true, current force organization and employment is adequate. However, if the air predominates in combat operations, then, as Wills puts it in his first chapter, joint operations...

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Flying Reactors : The Political Feasibility of Nuclear Power in Space

By: James R. Downey, Anthony M. Forestier, and David E. Miller

One of the challenges Gen John P. Jumper, chief of staff of the Air Force, sends to Air Force students, researchers, and staff offices is to investigate future concepts of operations (CONOPS). One in particular relates to this study, the CONOPS for space and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. The Air Force is very sensitive about incorporating new technology into its operations. While the authors advocate a feas...

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Interagency Fratricide : Policy Failures in the Persian Gulf and B...

By: Vicki J. Rast

Interagency Fratricide: Policy Failures in the Persian Gulf and Bosnia provides a comprehensive analysis of the factors that affected both interagency processes and policy outcomes during the Persian Gulf War (1990–91) and the early stages of the Bosnia crisis (1993–95). Going one-on-one with members of Washington’s policy elite who were involved directly in these two cases, the author demonstrates that the US government’s approach to termination policy proved fragmen...

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Making Twenty-first Century Strategy : An Introduction to Modern N...

By: Dennis M. Drew; Donald M. Snow

Snow’s and Drew’s newest version has been slightly retitled and almost totally rewritten to reflect radically changed politicalmilitary realities. Making Twenty-First-Century Strategy addresses not only traditional strategy concerns but also the chaotic nature of the post–Cold War world and the stark realities of terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and military conflicts along religious fault lines. Although the authors have changed a great deal in this edition, the orig...

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ANZUS in Revision : Changing Defense Features of Australia and New...

By: Frank P. Donnini

ANZUS is a defense alliance, a special and functional relationship between three close allies-Australia, New Zealand, and the United States .

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Circling the Earth : United States Plans for a Postwar Overseas Mi...

By: Elliott V. Converse III

The overseas base planning process reflected the evolution and growing sophistication of American strategic thinking during the tumultuous period from 1942 through 1948. The results of the planning shaped, in many ways, the East-West struggle for much of the second half of the twentieth century. Elliott Converse has performed a great and remarkable service by capturing the often confusing and chaotic essence of the base planning effort during this turbulent period. His ...

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