Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the topic of national security has never been of broader concern to all Americans. Rarely have we felt as threatened as we do in our current security environment.
With over 750 entries, the Encyclopedia of United States National Security is the first single, concise reference source to provide accurate and informative answers to the many challenging questions of how, why, when, and where national security has evolved. In addition to presenting historical facts and analyses, this two-volume encyclopedia is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to some of the more complicated and abstract questions concerning world politics and national security. A thoroughly interdisciplinary work, this Encyclopedia views national security from historical, economic, political, and technological perspectives.
Examines the full range of contemporary weapons systems including air, sea, and land warfare; ballistic missile defense; space weapons; stealth technology; antisubmarine warfare; and biological weapons
Explores much more than the use of force as protection by introducing competing paradigms, such as economic and diplomatic tools in security strategy
Includes excerpts from treaties, speeches, and other sources and provides an overview of important events such as scandals and breaches of national security
Offers a close look at the leaders and thinkers that shaped U.S. security policy as well as individuals who have had the greatest impact upon U.S. national security
Armed Forces and Other Defenders
Alliances, Pacts, and Treaties
Armaments and Weapons Systems
Concepts and Theories
Decision Makers and Others
Military and Non-Military Strategy
Organizations, Institutions, and Groups
Politics and Policy
Wars and Warfare