Landpower and American Credibility

Lanoszka, A. & Hunzeker, M. A. (2016). Landpower and American Credibility. Parameters: the United States army's senior professional journal, 45(4), pp. 17-26.

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Abstract

The US Army is under pressure. If trends persist, it will soon shrink to its smallest size in nearly 70 years. While there are sound arguments for the current drawdown, reasonable policies can still yield unintended consequences. In particular, we argue American landpower helps make America’s conventional and nuclear security guarantees credible. Since these guarantees stabilize alliances, deter aggression, and curb nuclear proliferation, landpower’s relative decline could have serious implications for the broader security situation of the United States.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/15415

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