Combating the Bureaucracy

Combating the Bureaucracy

Combating the Bureaucracy

by Tobias O. Vogt

This book examines the United States government’s approach to nuclear defense between 1989 and 2009, by analyzing the development and implementation of select post-Cold War policies.
The first portion of the book uses case studies to examine two major prevention and protection policies – strategic arms reduction and national missile defense. These studies suggest that varying stakeholder positions and multiple action channels for national policy development resulted in a patchwork of nuclear defense policies that were uncoordinated, inconsistent, and at times, in conflict.
The second portion of the book explores three prevention, protection, and response implementation studies – threat reduction, maritime radiation detection, and nuclear forensics — within the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security. In the context of nuclear defense, research for this portion of the book suggests that a segregated federal design underlay individual department approaches to policy implementation.

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