Strategic Implications of the All-Volunteer Force: The Conventional Defense of Central Europe

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Strategic Implications of the All-Volunteer Force: The Conventional Defense of Central Europe

By Kenneth J. Coffey
University of North Carolina Press, 1980
210 pp. $15.00
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An informal and balanced analysis of the American military's primary problem-manpower. Coffey's assumption that the draft cannot be restored is questionable, but his discussion of alternative measures to remedy the weakness of U.S. conventional forces is exemplary. Stress is placed upon the necessity of having adequate forces for the defense of Central Europe, as has been the concern in the defense establishment in recent years. In the 1980s, however, more attention will need to be paid to Third World contingencies.