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Topic: Defense Policy

After the War

After the War:

Nation-Building From FDR to George W. Bush

By James Dobbins et al.

Paperback • 188 pages • ISBN: 978-0-8330-4181-4 List Price: $25.00 Discounted Web Price: $22.50

This book examines how the United States has gained considerable experience in nation-building operations through its participation in at least eight significant operations since World War II—in Germany, Japan, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

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Green Warriors: Army Environmental Considerations for Contingency Operations from Planning Through Post-Conflict

Cover: MG-632

By David E. Mosher et al.

This monograph assesses whether Army policy, doctrine, and guidance adequately address environmental activities in post-conflict phases of contingencies. A review of policy, doctrine, operational experience, and documentation, as well as interviews with Army personnel, indicates that environmental concerns can have significant impacts. Recommendations are made for improving the Army's approach to environmental issues in contingency operations.

Paperback • 252 pages ISBN: 978-0-8330-4318-4 List Price: $32.50 Discounted Web Price: $29.25

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Improving the Cost Estimation of Space Systems

Cover: MG-690

By Obaid Younossi

Why have the costs of acquiring space systems been so high? What are the sources of the problems? To answer these questions, RAND researchers examined the sources of cost growth of Air Force space systems and undertook an extensive study of two space systems — the Space Based Infrared System-High (SBIRS) and the Global Positioning System (GPS) — including an evaluation of their sources of cost growth, an assessment of their approaches to technical risk assessment, and an examination of their acquisition policy adaptations and industrial base environments.

Paperback • 240 pages ISBN: 978-0-8330-4460-0 List Price: $40.00 Discounted Web Price: $36.00

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