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Defense 101: Understanding the Military of Today and Tomorrow

Michael E. O'Hanlon


This book, a concise primer for understanding the US defense budget ($700 billion plus) and rapidly changing military technologies, provides a deeply informed yet accessible analysis of American military power. After an introduction which surveys today's international security environment, provides a brief sketch of the history of the US military, its command structure, the organization of its three million personnel, and a review of its domestic basing and global reach, the book provides in-depth coverage of four critical areas in military affairs. For policy makers and experts, military prof ... More

Keywords: US defense budget, American military power, international security, US military, US Department of Defense, armed conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501754470
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501754470.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael E. O'Hanlon, author
Brookings Institution