U.S. global defense posture, 1783-2011

Debates over the U.S. global defense posture are not new. As policymakers today evaluate the U.S. forward military presence, it is important that they understand how and why the U.S. global posture has changed in the past. Today's posture is under increasing pressure from a number of sources, i...

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Main Author: Pettyjohn, Stacie L.
Format: eBook
Published: Santa Monica, California RAND 2012, 2012
Series:Rand Corporation monograph series
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Collection: JSTOR Open Access Books - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 111-124)
  • Framework for U.S. posture
  • Extent of the U.S. overseas military presence
  • Operational orientation of American forces
  • Continental defense, 1783-1815
  • Continental defense and commercialism, 1815-1898
  • Transition period, 1898-1905
  • Oceanic posture
  • Hemispheric defense (hemispheric anti-access/area denial)
  • Perimeter defense in-depth, 1943-1949
  • Consolidated defense-in-depth
  • Transitioning from perimeter defense-in-depth to consolidated defense-in-depth
  • Expeditionary defense-in-depth
  • Comparing the GDPR to perimeter defense-in-depth
  • Findings and recommendations
  • Recommendations
  • Concluding thoughts