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by David S. Sorenson

  • ISBN: 0312210906
  • Author: David S. Sorenson
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  • Rating: 4.5 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 308
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (August 11, 1998)
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At the end of the Cold War, the .

At the end of the Cold War, the . military had far more infrastructure than it could support, given the competing needs for resources to modernize and fund the increasing levels of contingency operations. Four rounds of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions eventually had the effect of closing almost 100 military bases in the United States, with sometimes negligible and sometimes catastrophic effect on nearby communities. In this volume Sorenson unveils the political factors behind the process of military base closure, using three analytical models to examine the different levels of response to the procedure.

DAVID S. SORENSON is Professor of National Security Studies at the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. He has served as chair of the International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association and of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association.

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In Shutting Down the Cold War, David Sorenson finds that the most powerful congressional representatives protected bases in their states and districts, and as a consequence the military never got as many bases closed as they desired. He also reveals the ways in which base closure is a classic example of governmental reduction, to be studied for lessons about both the benefits and the hazards of government.

But, as this book indicates, the politics of base protection continued.

In a process described by its critics as 'brutal' and 'heartless, ' a group of faceless commissioners closed down almost 100 military bases between 1989 and 1995. The process was hailed as a means to 'take politics out of base closure, ' and it succeeded insofar as surplus bases closed after a ten-year hiatus. But, as this book indicates, the politics of base protection continued.

In a process described by its critics as "brutal" and "heartless," a group of faceless commissioners closed down almost 100 military bases between 1989 and 1995. The process was hailed as a means to "take politics out of base closure," and it succeeded as surplus bases closed after a ten-year hiatus. Sorenson has taught national security and military affairs for over 25 years at Denison University, the Mershon Center at Ohio . He is the author of Shutting Down the Cold War: The Politics of Military Base Closure (1998). Sorenson has taught national security and military affairs for over 25 years at Denison University, the Mershon Center at Ohio State University, and at the . Military Base Closure: A Reference Handbook Contemporary military, strategic, and security issues, ISSN 1932-295X. Sorenson has written: 'Shutting down the Cold War' - subject(s): Politics and government, Military base closures. Interpreting the Middle East' - subject(s): Politics and government, Social conditions, Economic conditions. The process and politics of defense acquisition' - subject(s): Handbooks, manuals, Procurement, Political aspects of Government purchasing, Government purchasing, United States, Defense contracts, United States. of Defense, Defense industries, Armed Forces.

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In a process described by its critics as 'brutal' and 'heartless,' a group of faceless commissioners closed down almost 100 military bases between 1989 and 1995. The process was hailed as a means to 'take politics out of base closure,' and it succeeded insofar as surplus bases closed after a ten-year hiatus. But, as this book indicates, the politics of base protection continued. In Shutting Down the Cold War , David Sorenson finds that the most powerful congressional representatives protected bases in their states and districts, and as a consequence the military never got as many bases closed as they desired. In this volume Sorenson unveils the political factors behind the process of military base closure, using three analytical models to examine the different levels of response to the procedure. He also reveals the ways in which base closure is a classic example of governmental reduction, to be studied for lessons about both the benefits and the hazards of government contraction.
Comments (2)

Gugrel
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I anticipated that all the mind boggling details would make it somewhat dry, but ITS NOT! I loved reading this book.
The author has presented an exceptionally well written interesting book with an unbelievable amount of knowledge and factual, well-researched details of the (sometimes purportedly dirty-)politics, histories, and fate of the military bases, and he covers very many of them.
I was a child of the military, and so many bases that the author writes about were ones that I either lived on, was born on, had friends living on, or knew about. For me this was a somewhat poignant book, a little sadness and longing for the greatness of what was, and what is now gone. Life on the military bases was very special. And the author quotes a particular military Chaplain who states: "Military personnel have invested more than time in their workplace. They have an emotional investment that carries no measurable price tag. They have established relationships.....that enhance one's patriotic and family commitments.
Bases become in other words, home to the people who live on, them however briefly"
I knew then why so many of us who lived on Military bases in the 60's & 70's have sought eachother out through websites to connect again. Those resurrected relationships are still very special.
This book will go down as one of my all time favorite, and I will pass it on to my dad, who will pass it on to my young nephew going into the military. I HIGHLY recommend the book, and in fact, I looked for the author on the internet to see if I could contact him to let him know how much I appreciated the book, but couldnt find. Hopefully he will read this review! MANY ACCOLADES AND THANKS FOR GIVING US THIS BOOK, DAVID S. SORENSON!
Molace
amazing read for us cold war era folks as we lived through it on the US bases around the world. also very humbling and saddening as we observe the rampant demilitarization of our country both in our lives and again here in print.

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