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In Uncertain TimesAmerican Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11$
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Melvyn P. Leffler and Jeffrey W. Legro

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449093

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449093.001.0001

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The Strange Career of the 1992 Defense Planning Guidance

The Strange Career of the 1992 Defense Planning Guidance

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(p.63) 4 The Strange Career of the 1992 Defense Planning Guidance
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In Uncertain Times
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Eric S. Edelman

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449093.003.0004

This chapter examines the origins, evolution, and consequences of the 1992 Defense Planning Guidance (DPG), believed to be the first draft of the Bush administration's “Grand Strategy” articulated in the 2002 National Security Strategy (NSS). It considers how well the DPG described the national security environment after the Cold War, how it compared with many of the academic assessments written from 1990 to 1992, and whether it influenced the development of the 2002 National Security Strategy. It also explains whether the thinking in the DPG deviated from the broad mainstream of American strategic thinking since 1945. The chapter argues that the DPG was an attempt to bring defense policy into line with George W. Bush's expressed wishes and in response to the lessons learned from the Persian Gulf War. It also suggests that the basic principles of the DPG were widely shared by both Democrats and Republicans.

Keywords:   national security, Defense Planning Guidance, National Security Strategy, Cold War, defense policy, George W. Bush, Persian Gulf War

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