Encyclopedia of United States national security.
Авторы: Richard J. Samuels
Издательство: Sage Publications Ltd.
Кол-во страниц: 992
Размер: 111 Мб
Security is like the air we breathe. We take it for granted until there is
too little of it, at which point getting enough of it is all that matters. Aside
from December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001, the United States has been
blessed in that most of its citizens have rarely felt an urgent need for
national protection. Still, Americans have fought a great many wars and have
suffered the loss of millions of its soldiers and civilians. And today, since
the tragic events of 9/11, we know that the topic of national security has never
been of broader concern to all Americans. Rarely have we felt as threatened as
we do in the current security environment. Ironically, most Americans feel
vulnerable despite the fact that the United States is the largest military power
the world has ever known. Annual U.S. defense spending is larger than the total
defense budgets of the next 25 nations combined, and the budget of the U.S.
Marine Corps alone (the smallest of the four U.S. military branches) is
larger than that of the entire military of the United Kingdom.