Neoclassical Realism and Defence Reform in Post-Cold War by T. Dyson

By T. Dyson

During this e-book, Dyson explains the convergence and divergence among British, French and German defence reforms within the post-Cold battle period. He engages with cultural and realist theories and develops a neoclassical realist method of swap and stasis in defence coverage, bringing new fabric to undergo at the components that have affected defence reforms.

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After the Vietnam conflict, the US, had, in contrast, developed a substantial capacity to deploy expeditionary power (including two million active duty personnel supported by conventional, as well as nuclear, capabilities) in order to contain potential Communist expansion across the globe (Boot, 2006: 324–35). Post-Cold War reforms have built upon these capabilities through incremental change to the ‘settings’ and ‘instruments’ of policy in a bid to harness the technological advances associated with the RMA.

Following the failure of attempts to reach a political settlement with the North Vietnamese as a means of limiting escalation during the Vietnam conflict, both the US military and its civilian leaders have been committed to the decisive defeat of its enemies: to ‘fighting to win’ and avoiding the stalemate and attrition of the Vietnam War (Stone, 2004: 417). Consequently, the RMA was taken up enthusiastically by a group of influential US strategic planners in the early 1990s, such as Andrew Marshall,7 Director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment (1973–Present) and Admiral William Owens, ViceChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1994–96).

Fifthly, enhancing the capability and survivability of space systems and supporting infrastructure. Finally, leveraging information technology and innovative concepts to develop an interoperable joint Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) architecture and capabilities that includes a tailorable joint operational picture. In short, the 2001 QDR attempted to instigate a transformation process that was ongoing; a state of ‘permanent revolution’ designed to take full advantage of the RMA and tailor it to the requirements of the post-Cold Europe’s Selective Emulation of the RMA 15 War security environment.

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