||A touch of theory -- A practitioners guide to realism -- The practitioners' textbook -- Legal authorities -- National security organizations -- The National Security Council process -- Defense planning systems -- The cases -- Panama: national security policy from below -- "I love it when a plan comes together" -- Adventures in peace enforcement: the Somalia tragedy -- The "intervasion" of haiti -- "Some damned foolish thing in the Balkans" -- 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan -- Iraq: snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and victory from the jaws of defeat -- The Afghanistan surge: Obama's finest hour? -- Some conclusions -- How national security policy is really made: lessons from the cases.
||"Security policy is a key factor not only of domestic politics in the U.S., but also of foreign relations and global security. This text sets to explain the process of security policy making in the United States by looking at all the elements that shape it, from institutions and legislation to policymakers themselves and historical precedents."--Provided by publisher.
|Bibliography note||Includes bibliographical references and index.|
|Issued in other form||Online version: Fishel, John T., author. American national security policy Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield,  9781442248380|