U.S. National Security and Foreign Policymaking After 9/11: Present at the Re-creation

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Political Science - 433 pages
In December 2004 the 109th Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed the Intelligence Reform and Intelligence Prevention Act (IRTPA). M. Kent Bolton argues that IRTPA represented a change in the trajectory of U.S. national-security policy-the first fundamental, demonstrable change since the 1947 National Security Act (1947 NSA) became law creating a unified U.S. Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council, among other entities. As the 1947 NSA presaged a new era of U.S. policymaking, so too did the IRTPA. As such the IRTPA represents an extraordinarily important piece of legislation for students and scholars of U.S. foreign and national-security policy. The author documents how and why it became law and how it has affected policymaking. He further argues that the changes begun by 9/11 and memorialized by IRTPA will likely affect U.S. national-security policymaking for decades if not generations.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Rise of Americas NationalSecurity State Pax Americana
9
The Cold War Consensus and the National Security Act
29
The National Security Act and National Security Institutions
51
The Transition Between the Clinton and Bush Administrations
137
911 a Foreign Policy Crisis the Iraq War and US National Security Policymaking
167
The Rise of the Vulcans and SpecialInterest Groups in US National Security Policymaking
213
Governmental Postmortems and US National Security Policymaking
267
The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
297
The Future of US National Security Policymaking
325
Bibliography
379
Index
409
About the Author
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M. Kent Bolton is professor of Political Science and Global Studies at California State University. He has authored articles and books on U.S. foreign and national security since 9/11 2001. He lives in Clarksbad, California.