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Encyclopedia of United States National Security

Richard J. Samuels Massachusetts Institute of Technology
© 2006   1008 pages   SAGE Publications, Inc   
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Hardcover ISBN: 9780761929277 $410.00
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.

Key Features
  • 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


Key Themes
  • Armed Forces and Other Defenders
  • Alliances, Pacts, and Treaties
  • Armaments and Weapons Systems
  • Concepts and Theories
  • Decision Makers and Others
  • Key Events
  • Movements
  • Military Hardware
  • Military and Non-Military Strategy
  • Organizations, Institutions, and Groups
  • Places
  • Politics and Policy
  • Special Populations
  • Technology¬†
  • Wars and Warfare


The Encyclopedia of United States National Security encourages curiosity about international affairs and, in particular, the long list of issues that affect our national security. A first of its kind, this encyclopedia is a must-have resource for all school, community, and academic libraries.

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