Changes ahead : future directions for the U.S. overseas military presence / Richard L. Kugler ; prepared for the U.S. Air Force by RAND's Project Air Force.

By: Kugler, Richard L
Contributor(s): Project Air Force (U.S.)
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 1998Description: 1 online resource (xxvii, 174 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0585358397; 9780585358390Subject(s): United States -- Armed Forces -- Foreign countries | United States -- Military relations -- Foreign countries | Military planning -- United States | National security -- United States | United States -- Military policy | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Military Science | Armed Forces | Military planning | Military policy | Military relations | National security | United States | Military & Naval Science | Law, Politics & Government | ArmiesGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic book. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Changes ahead.DDC classification: 358.4/1357 LOC classification: UA23 | .K7893 1998ebOnline resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Figures Tables Current U.S. Overseas Presence The Impact of Future International Conditions on the U.S. Overseas Presence New Purposes and Geography for U.S. Overseas Presence Toward Different and Better Forces Options for future U.S. Overseas Presence
Abstract: U.S. military forces stationed abroad play vital roles. As regional political and military dynamics shift, so too will the United States need to adjust its overseas military posture to accommodate new objectives and missions in new places. In general, that posture will need to become more flexible and more expeditionary, covering a wider array of challenges and broader geographic areas. Such changes can be unsettling to accomplish and may even worry allies and friends. Yet the United States cannot adequately reassure foreign countries with an outdated force posture. Planning for these changes should not be based on marginal adjustments to arbitrary manpower levels but should assess strategic objectives, missions, and requirements before considering the implications for manpower, units, activities, and money. This planning also should establish coherent goals and orderly means of reaching them, rather than muddle along in incremental ways that lack direction or can be blown off course by the shifting political winds. This study offers eight options that can be used to help guide thinking and planning for the coming era of change.
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Figures ix -- Tables xi -- Chapter 2 Current U.S. Overseas Presence 7 -- Chapter 3 The Impact of Future International Conditions on the U.S. Overseas Presence 37 -- Chapter 4 New Purposes and Geography for U.S. Overseas Presence 59 -- Chapter 5 Toward Different and Better Forces 95 -- Chapter 6 Options for future U.S. Overseas Presence 139.

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U.S. military forces stationed abroad play vital roles. As regional political and military dynamics shift, so too will the United States need to adjust its overseas military posture to accommodate new objectives and missions in new places. In general, that posture will need to become more flexible and more expeditionary, covering a wider array of challenges and broader geographic areas. Such changes can be unsettling to accomplish and may even worry allies and friends. Yet the United States cannot adequately reassure foreign countries with an outdated force posture. Planning for these changes should not be based on marginal adjustments to arbitrary manpower levels but should assess strategic objectives, missions, and requirements before considering the implications for manpower, units, activities, and money. This planning also should establish coherent goals and orderly means of reaching them, rather than muddle along in incremental ways that lack direction or can be blown off course by the shifting political winds. This study offers eight options that can be used to help guide thinking and planning for the coming era of change.

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