TITLE

THE FAR SIDE OF THE HILL

AUTHOR(S)
Rhodes, John J.
PUB. DATE
December 1982
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Winter82/83, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p365
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article stresses the need for reform in the military and defense strategy of the U.S. as of 1982. Looking at the near term, the nation has fallen behind the Soviet Union in some very important categories of armaments. The economic and fiscal situation in the U.S. is becoming increasingly worrisome. It is faced with three challenges: to rearm effectively enough to deter attacks and to rearm at a price their economy can support. These are not easy challenges to meet simultaneously. The third challenge facing the nation is even more basic than the first two. It is to determine the purpose, or goal, of its foreign policy. Defense and foreign policies must intertwine and be mutually supportive. The nation's defense must be a part of a coherent foreign policy, and the framers of foreign policy must be constantly aware of the nation's defense strengths and weaknesses. Unlike Oriental leaders, who tend to plan their societies for periods of up to 50 or 100 years, the U.S. seem to rock along from year to year, crisis to crisis, with no overall plan for where it wants to go and how it intends to get there. When the U.S. begins to put the problems of its world into a longer time frame, solutions which had eluded them become more apparent. Matters which seem extremely important to the nation as of present fade into a lesser degree of importance rather rapidly when measured against the yardstick of an extended period of time.
ACCESSION #
4852979

 

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