Research Report


John R. Deni Editor
Copyright Date: Apr. 1, 2014
Pages: 131
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Table of Contents

  1. (pp. vii-viii)

    The United States prefers to fight in coalitions, and has made this clear in both word and deed. Most of the key American national security or defense strategies, such as the Quadrennial Defense Review report or the National Security Strategy, of the last decade or more note this fact. In practice, the United States worked diligently and tirelessly to construct and maintain coalitions of the willing in both Iraq and Afghanistan. American political and military leaders did this—and will continue to do this for future conflicts—because coalition allies provide both political legitimacy at home and abroad for broad...

  2. (pp. 9-52)
    William T. Tow

    America’s role as an unrivaled global hegemon may well be ending. There is little consensus in the United States or abroad, however, on what type of international order or disorder is replacing it, or how Washington and its allies should respond. Yet the stakes for realizing success in future U.S. and allied grand strategic policy in what is becoming a more complicated and diffuse geopolitical environment could not be greater, and the challenges impeding such success are no less daunting. An “apolar world” following a relative U.S. decline in world power could result in international anarchy, precipitate regional conflicts, intensify...

  3. (pp. 53-68)
    Carol Atkinson

    In the 21st century, success in the conduct of military missions will depend more than ever on the effective integration of hard and soft power, or what has been called smart power. For the U.S. Armed Forces, military smart power entails the integrated use of military capabilities with the ability to co-opt, persuade, and influence the thinking of others. Much has been written on the harder aspects of military power; in contrast, this article will focus on its softer side, or what might be called military soft power.¹

    One important and effective strategy to build military soft power is through...

  4. (pp. 69-116)
    Sean Kay

    Dramatic cuts in overseas Landpower presence in Europe can combine smart strategy with budget priorities that can incentivize allies and partners to better coordinate for their own security provision. If done well with a clear plan, then a much larger realignment of American forces out of Europe will allow for either cost savings by decommissioning elements, or protecting against a hollow force in key areas of the world, driven by deepening budget cuts to the U.S. Army and other land forces. Europe is the proper place to save money and realign resources toward areas of greater priority for overseas deployments....