US grand strategy;
who joins America's military;
how and why weapons are bought;
the management of defense;
public attitudes toward the military and casualties;
the roles of the President and the Congress in controlling the military;
the effects of 9/11 on security policy, homeland security, government reorganizations, and intra- and inter-service relations.
The book shows how political and organizational interests determine US defense policy, and warns against the introduction of centralising reforms. In emphasizing the process of defense policy-making, rather than just the outcomes of that process, this book signals a departure from the style of many existing textbooks.
Cosponsored with the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School, Harvard University.