The International Security Environment: Shifts and Defense Implications


Arthur P. Sullivan (Editor)

Series: Defense, Security and Strategies
BISAC: POL012000

World events since late 2013 have led some observers to conclude that the international security environment is undergoing a shift from the familiar post-Cold War era of the last 20-25 years, also sometimes known as the unipolar moment (with the United States as the unipolar power), to a new and different strategic situation that features, among other things, renewed great power competition and challenges to elements of the U.S.- led international order that has operated since World War II.

A shift in the international security environment could have significant implications for U.S. defense plans and programs. This book discusses potential implications for defense and issues for Congress that arise with a shift in the international security environment. It also examines outcomes and key challenges of NATO’s Wales Summit; priorities for 21st century defense; and discusses the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review and defense strategy. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense—Issues for Congress (pp. 1-54)
Ronald O’Rourke

Chapter 2 – NATO’s Wales Summit: Outcomes and Key Challenges (pp. 55-76)
Paul Belkin

Chapter 3 – Sustaining US Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense (pp. 77-90)
The Department of Defense

Chapter 4 – The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and Defense Strategy: Issues for Congress (pp. 91-118)
Catherine Dale


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