Implosion: Downsizing The U.s. Military, 1987-2015

Hardcover | May 1, 2000

byBart Brasher

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Since the buildup of U.S. armed forces peaked under Reagan in 1987, many changes have occurred in all four services, including reductions in both human and material resources. This study traces these trends and details the government's vision of how the military will look in the year 2015. Changes in the global security environment and pressure to decrease federal spending have resulted in force restructuring, eliminating major units, and displacing military and civilian personnel. Other consequences include base closures and reduced major weapon system inventories. Brasher discusses the implications of these new policies and assesses their current and future impact on American defense capabilities. The media has focussed considerable attention on the downsizing of U.S. forces. It predicted that base closures would have catastrophic effects on local communities, and it warned that women and minorities would see fewer opportunities for advancement within the military. Brasher chronicles the effects of base closures on many communities and determines that original fears were exaggerated. Women and minorities have also fared better than initially anticipated. In fact, especially in terms of relative combat power, the new military is even stronger than it was in 1987.

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Since the buildup of U.S. armed forces peaked under Reagan in 1987, many changes have occurred in all four services, including reductions in both human and material resources. This study traces these trends and details the government's vision of how the military will look in the year 2015. Changes in the global security environment and...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.58 × 6.44 × 0.96 inPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Greenwood PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0313314675

ISBN - 13:9780313314674

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.,."what Brasher has done is provide a document that between two covers encapsulates the military's effort to align itself with the world around it."-Ron Jensen Stars and Stripes