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Author Brands, Hal, 1983-

Title The promise and pitfalls of grand strategy [electronic resource] / Hal Brands.

Imprint Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, [2012]


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Description 1 online resource (vii, 67 p.)
Note "August 2012."
Summary What is "grand strategy," and why is it seemingly so important and so difficult? This monograph explores the concept of grand strategy as it has developed over the past several decades. It explains why the concept is so ubiquitous in discussions of present-day foreign policy, examines why American officials often find the formulation of a successful grand strategy to be such an exacting task, and explores the ways in which having a grand strategy can be both useful and problematic. It illustrates these points via an analysis of two key periods in modern American grand strategy -- the Truman years at the outset of the Cold War, and the Nixon-Kissinger years in the late 1960s and 1970s -- and provides several suggestions for how U.S. officials might approach the challenges of grand strategy in the 21st century.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 54-67).
Contents Introduction -- Understanding grand strategy. Why is grand strategy so important? -- Why is grand strategy so difficult? -- Truman and the "golden age" -- The heroic statesman : grand strategy in the Kissinger years -- Implications : grand strategy as a national endeavor. There is no good alternative to grand strategy -- Start with first principles -- Think of grand strategy as a process, not an unalterable blueprint -- Bring planners and operators together -- Embrace the democratic messiness of grand strategy -- Keep expectations realistic.
Note Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (SSI, viewed September 5, 2012).
Subject Strategy -- Case studies.
Strategy -- History -- 20th century.
Strategic planning -- United States -- Case studies.
Strategic planning -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Case studies.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.
United States -- Military policy -- Case studies.
United States -- Military policy -- 20th century.
Added Author Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute.
Note At head of title: External research associates program monograph
Other Form: Print version: Brands, Hal, 1983- The promise and pitfalls of grand strategy (OCoLC)810178150
ISBN 1584875437
Gpo Item No. 0307-A-31 (online)
Sudoc No. D 101.146:ST 8/5

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