This edition of the U. S. Army War College Guide to National Security Policy and Strategy continues to reflect the structure and approach of the core national security strategy and policy curriculum at the War College. The fifth edition is published in two volumes that correspond roughly to the Department of National Security and Strategy's core courses: "Theory of War and Strategy" and "National Security Policy and Strategy." Like previous editions, this one is based on its predecessor but contains both updates and new scholarship. Over a third of the chapters are new or have undergone significant rewrites. Many chapters, some of which appeared for years in this work, have been removed. Nevertheless, the book remains unchanged in intent and purpose. Although this is not primarily a textbook, it does reflect both the method and manner we use to teach strategy formulation to America's future senior leaders.
Both volumes are organized to proceed from the general to the specific. Thus, the first volume opens with general thoughts on the nature and theory of war and strategy, proceeds to look at the complex aspect of power, and concludes with specific theoretical issues. Similarly, the second volume begins by examining the policy/strategy process, moves to a look at the strategic environment, and concludes with some specific issues. This edition continues the effort begun in the fourth edition to include several short case studies to illustrate the primary material in the volume.
Part I: The National System and Environment * 1. American Values, Interests, and Purpose: Perspectives on the Roots of American Political and Strategic Culture * 2. Crafting National Interests in the 21st Century * 3. The National Security Community, Revisited * 4. Making National Security Policy in the 21st Century * 5. National Security Powers: Are the Checks in Balance? * 6. National Military Strategies: A Historical Perspective, 1990 to 2012 * 7. Present at the Counterrevolution: An Essay on the 2005 National Defense Strategy and its Impact on Policy * 8. Securing America From Attack: The Defense Department's Evolving Role After 9/11 * Part II: The International System and Environment * 9. International Order * 10. The International System in the 21st Century * 11. International Relations Theory and American Grand Strategy * 12. Multilateralism and Unilateralism * 13. The Democratic Peace * 14. Regional Studies in a Global Age * 15. "Lawyers, Guns, and Money": Transnational Threats and U.S. National Security * Part III: Strategic Issues and Considerations * 16. Ethical Issues in War: An Overview * 17. International Law, Sovereignty, and World Order Revisited * 18. The United States and the International Criminal Court * 19. Retooling U.S. Public Diplomacy as a Strategic Instrument of Foreign Policy * 20. Navigating the Linkage Between Culture and Strategy: A Guide to Understanding the Analytical Cultural Framework for Strategy and Policy * 21. Strategic Thinking and Culture: A Framework for Analysis * 22. A Primer on Civil-Military Relations for Senior Leaders * 23. Professionalizing Stability Operations in the U.S. Armed Forces * Part IV: Cases * 24. To End All Wars? A Case Study of Conflict Termination in World War I * 25. Creating Strategy in an Era of Change: The Plains Indian Wars * 26. U.S. Relations with North Korea, 1991-2000 * 27. Painting Yourself Into a Corner: Conflict Termination, Unconditional Surrender, and the Case of Japan * 28. The Guerrilla Warfare Problem: Revolutionary War and the Kennedy Administration Response, 1961-1963 * Appendix I: Guidelines for Strategy Formulation