National Security Generally


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American Bar Association. Standing Committee on Law and National Security. Ed., Matthew Foley. "National Security Law in a Changed World: The Twelfth Annual Review of the Field." National Security Law Report 25, no. 1 (May 2003): 1-25.

Bacevich, Andrew J., ed. The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.

Halcrow, Proceedings 133.11 (Nov. 2007), calls this work "a remarkable collection of 12 essays ... by the foremost scholars in their field." More negatively, Schifferle, Military Review (May-Jun. 2008), says that The Long War "mainly reprises old ideas and posits conventional partisan disagreements with Bush administration polices in Iraq and in the War on Terror." In addition, the quality of the essays is "extremely uneven"; and this unevenness "keeps this book from being really useful as a source" for anyone interested in these subjects.

Bailey, Norman A. "National Interest versus National Security? The Case of Iraq." Intelligencer 15, no. 2 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007): 19-20.

The author argues that mixing up national interests for national security, with the latter coming into play only when vital interests are at stake, can lead to overkill, the wasting of resources, and/or the sapping of national strength.

Baker, James E. In the Common Defense: National Security Law for Perilous Times. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Keiser, Proceedings 133.11 (Nov. 2007), finds that "[t]he author has given us a superb -- and not too arduous -- guide to comprehending the complexities of our laws and how they relate to national defense." While noting that Baker "does not address ... what to do when an operational situation is not covered by existing law," Peake, Studies 52.4 (Dec. 2008) and Intelligencer 17.1 (Winter-Spring 2009), still calls the book "a valuable resource for better understanding of the rule of law and the pervasive role lawyers play in the national security process."

For Fontenot. Military Review (Mar.-Apr. 2009), Baker "is able to make the basis of our national security system understandable. He does not, however, make it particularly easy to read. The book is heavy going. The topic is difficult and the writing sometimes dense, but the book is well organized and finished with a lawyer's rigor.... Every Soldier, regardless of service or grade, should read this excellent work."

Berkowitz, Bruce. "Secrecy and National Security." Hoover Digest 2004, no. 3 (30 Jul. 2004). []

"The whole purpose of intelligence is to give us an information advantage over our adversaries. Secrecy protects this advantage by keeping our opponents from knowing what we know. But poorly designed systems for protecting secrecy can give away any advantage we gain when they prevent us from using our intelligence effectively."

Cannistraro, Vincent M. "The Emerging Security Environment: Preemptive War and International Terrorism After Iraq." Mediterranean Quarterly 14, no. 4 (Fall 2003): 56-67. [Marlatt]

Carter, Ashton B., and John P. White, eds. Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future. Cambridge, MA: MIT University Press, 2001.

Russell, Studies 46.1, notes that this "book is primarily directed toward a DOD audience." However, there are two intelligence-related chapters: Robert Hermann's "Keeping the Edge in Intelligence" and a collective chapter by John Deutch, Arnold Kanter, and Brent Scowcroft, "Stregthening the National Security Interagency Process." Although the work "only touches lightly on the major issues facing the IC," it provides "important glimpses into the thinking of influential individuals" who could have a role in any IC reforms.

Cooper, Philip J. By Order of the President: The Use and Abuse of Executive Direct Action. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2002.

According to Buell, Perspectives on Politics 1.2, the author discusses national security directives (NSDs) among the presidential "power tools." Scholars "primarily concerned with presidential powers in foreign policy will learn from the chapter on national security directives, although they may find the linkage of NSDs to groupthink tenuous." A few caveats notwithstanding, Cooper's work "has enhanced the study of presidential power."

Dorff, Robert H. "Managing National Security in the Information and Terrorism Age." Forum 4, no. 1 (2006). []

From Abstract: "The United States does not have a clearly defined national security strategy for the 21st century. This problem has its roots in a failure ... to come to grips with the fundamentally different nature of the global strategic environment. Stating that we are 'at war with terrorism' ... fails to identify an underlying strategic imperative around which we can build a comprehensive organizing framework to protect and promote our security.... A grand strategy focused on the promotion of legitimate governance and the expansion of the global community of legitimately governed states would provide the organizing framework for managing national security."

Ellis, Jason D., and Geoffrey D. Kiefer. Combating Proliferation: Strategic Intelligence and Security Policy. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

Feaver, Peter D., and Richard H. Kohn, eds. Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001.

From publisher: This compilation of articles "analyses the emerging civil-military 'gap' in the United States, drawing on a major survey of military officers, civilian leaders, and the general public. The book's contributors, leading scholars of defense policy, find that numerous schisms have undermined civil-military cooperation and harmed military effectiveness."

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