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Policy Analysis in National Security Affairs; New Methods for a New Era

Kugler, Richard L.

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ISBN 10: 1579060706 / ISBN 13: 9781579060701
Published by National Defense University Press, Washington DC, 2006
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xvi, [2], 639, [3] pages. Illustrations (Tables and Figures). Selected Bibliography. Index. Cover has slight wear and soiling. This was published for the Center for Technology and Security policy. This book is intended to help fill a void in the literature while making a contribution to public awareness. Most books on national security affairs focus on substantive issues, such as nuclear proliferation, arguing in favor of one policy or another. This book addresses something more basic: how to conduct policy analysis in the field of national security, including foreign policy and defense strategy. It illuminates how key methods of analysis can be employed, by experts and non-experts, to focus widely, address small details, or do both at the same time. To my knowledge, there is no other book quite like it. Richard L. Kugler is an American thinker and writer on U.S. national security policy and defense strategy. Dr. Kugler is a widely known, heavily published thinker, writer, and scholar on U.S. national security policy and defense strategy. He is especially known for his analyses of complex policy issues and options, and for producing innovative policies, strategies, plans, programs, and budgets that help shape official thinking. He has been one of the original architects of NATO enlargement as well as multiple other U.S. policy departures in Europe, Asia, and the Persian Gulf. He was a Distinguished Research Professor at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) of the National Defense University, and is now a senior consultant there. He advises senior echelons of the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Staff, and the interagency community. He is author or editor of twenty books in his field, along with many journal articles in Foreign Affairs, Survival, and other journals, book chapters, and official studies. Dr. Kugler, along with Dr. F. Stephen Larrabee and Dr. Ronald D. Asmus Ronald Asmus were the three RAND analysts who helped establish the US approach toward NATO Enlargement. RAND publicly portrayed this work as one of its most significant accomplishments in over 50 years. The principal work on NATO Enlargement was presented in a Foreign Affairs article ("Building a New NATO) and two Survival articles (Strategic Options and Budget Costs for NATO Enlargement). The London Times portrayed their work as helping redraw the political and military map of Europe. Other noteworthy collaborators of Dr. Kugler are Mr. David Gompert David Gompert, and Dr. Paul Davis. A political scientist, defense economist, and operations research analyst, Dr. Kugler holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1988-1997, he was a research leader at the public think tank, the RAND Corporation. From 1984-1988, he was director of Department of Defense's (DOD) Strategic Concepts Development Center, where he advised the Secretary of Defense and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. From 1975 to 1984, he was a senior executive in the Office of Secretary of Defense. During 1968-1972, he was a United States Air Force officer, including a tour in Southeast Asia. He has been awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal,and other decorations. Dr. Kugler has also taught graduate courses at RAND, Georgetown University and George Washington University in Security Policy Studies (Defense Analysis using Operations Research/Systems Analysis Techniques for policy analysis). Kugler was an adjunct professor of international relations at both universities. Many of his students have gone on to senior level positions in DOD, US Department of State, NATO and other national and international policy-oriented organizations. Bookseller Inventory # 73729

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Title: Policy Analysis in National Security Affairs...

Publisher: National Defense University Press, Washington DC

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Trade paperback

Book Condition: Very good

Edition: First Printing [Stated].

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This book addresses how to conduct policy analysis in the field of national security, including foreign policy and defense strategy.  It is a philosophical and conceptual book for helphing people think deeply, clearly, and insightfully about complex policy issues.

This books reflects the viewpoint that the best policies normally come from efforts to synthesize competing camps by drawing upon the best of each of them and by combining them to forge a sensible whole.  

While this book is written  to be reader-friendly, it aspires to in-depth scholarship.

About the Author:

Richard L. Kugler, one of the Nation’s most experienced and foremost practitioners of the critical art of national security policy analysis, encapsulates his more than three decades of experience in this unique book.   He virtually establishes and defines national security policy analysis as a distinct discipline, breaking it down into three major components strategic evaluation, systems analysis, and operations research.  He applies the latest methods of each of these fields to real world, 21st century examples and the daunting challenges facing the United States in today’s global environment.  

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