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August 1971
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Strategic Power and National Security
Coffey, J. I.
J. I. Coffey surveys weapons technology and its military and political implications for the 1970s. He assesses in simple terms the factors involved in this complex and difficult subject. This study synthesizes technical and non-technical considerations across the whole range of national security issues affected by strategic power-war fighting, deterrence, Communist behavior, alliance relationships, nuclear proliferation, and arms control.

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J. I. Coffey was associate dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to Pitt, he served in the US Department of Defense, on the White House staff, and as a member of the Policy Planning Council of the US Department of State.
“Well documented and lucidly written, [Strategic Power and National Security] brings together information bearing on whether or not 'American strategic superiority is essential to the maintenance of peace and the preservation of US interests': military and technical factors which affect the size and composition of strategic nuclear forces, the political and psychological aspects of different levels of strategic power, and implications of the above for national security.”—Library Journal

“ Coffey brings to the subject both the insights of the scholar and the practitioner. . . . The book is a tightly knit, well-written study.”—Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences

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In this closely reasoned and lucid analysis, an important thinker on American strategy surveys weapons technology and its military and political implications for the 1970s. J. I. Coffey refutes the argument that American national security requires “superior” strategic offensive forces or extensive air and missile defenses. In so doing he assesses in simple terms the various factors involved in this complex and difficult subject.

While many books on strategy deal only with a single area or a particular weapons system, this work synthesizes technical and non-technical considerations across the whole range of national security issues affected by strategic power-war-fighting, deterrence, Communist behavior, alliance relationships, nuclear proliferation, and arms control. Its orderly and authoritative marshaling of tabulated data, its citations from Department of Defense documents and congressional hearings, and its classifications of the alternative options which strategy makers can now pursue, are all invaluable to both the student of national security and the professional strategist.

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