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Strategy and the National Security Professional


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Written from a U.S. perspective, it helps the reader understand the internal and external aspects of the strategic environment that make strategy formulation and execution so difficult for the nation state, particularly in a democracy

Table of Contents

Preface Chapter I: Introduction Chapter II: Policy, Strategy, Planning and Strategic Thinking Chapter III: A Theory Stated: Strategys Logic Chapter IV: The Strategic Environment Chapter V: Theory in the Real World Chapter VI: The International Environment Chapter VII: The Domestic Environment Chapter VIII: The Strategic Appraisal Chapter IX: Strategy Formulation Chapter X: Strategys Paradigm: Theory and Process Restated Chapter XI: Concluding Thoughts Index

About the Author

Harry R. Yarger is Professor of National Security Policy, U.S. Army War College. He is the author of Strategic Theory for the 21st Century: The Little Book on Big Strategy (2006), Theory and Nature of War (1997), and Strategy and Its Theorists (1997). He received his Ph.D. from Temple University.


"This short, densely packed, incisive book should be read by all policy makers and those who would guide them. Looking at strategic theory, strategic thinking, and strategy formation in turn, Yarger (US Army College) captures the inherent richness and interconnected complexities of the strategic intellectual and practice space in the 21st century... This is an important book. Highly recommended." - Choice
"...concise yet conceptually rich book...this is a book that deserves the attention and relatively modest investment of time that readers should give it, because the return on that investment is high. In the end, Yarger accomplishes two very important objectives. First, practitioners and students of national security affairs will find Strategy and the National Security Professional a very useful and informative treatment of a complex but vitally important subject matter. Second, Yarger brings a vast volume of dispersed and wide-ranging material together in a reasonably concise, single source, thereby ensuring easy access to important thought and material....military and civilian alike, and faculty and students in graduate-level, practitioner-oriented national security programs should find it a most welcome addition to the literature. The author ultimately succeeds in delivering an accessible, informative, and thought-provoking book...Yarger makes an important contribution to the field with this synthesis of a broad and complex topic in a concise and useful format." - Parameters

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