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This article discusses how the U.S. constitutional system affects the formulation of American national security policy. Recent writing on this subject emphasizes two ideas: (1) American institutions make it difficult to develop a coherent policy, and (2) a breakdown in national security policy...
Strategic intelligence is requisite to national security. But fitting an intelligence function, with its ancillary covert action and counterintelligence activities, into the U.S. constitutional framework is an enduring and perhaps unsolvable problem. Conduct of the government's clandestine...
U.S. experience in raising the armed forces has resulted in persistent political and social tensions. Individual freedom has seldom been held subordinate to national security interests. Executive control and legislative oversight have frequently been in conflict, but with little judicial...
How does the U.S. constitutional system affect this country's ability to organize its armed forces? The primary impact of the system on the issues associated with organizing the armed services seems to be the inability of the United States to create a security apparatus with a truly national...
Since World War II we have felt compelled for the first time in our history to maintain large standing forces. It is technology though, not numbers, that provides our edge in the continuing military competition with the Soviet Union. Acquiring advanced weapons is a complex process greatly...
How does the structure of America's constitutional system affect the process and quality of U.S. war making? Ambiguities in the U.S. Constitution have long served as an "invitation to struggle" over executive and congressional war making powers. How should these powers be shared between the...
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