Sustaining America’s Strategic Advantage
by Joel R. Hillison, Jerad I. Harper, and Christopher J. Bolan, Editors
February 2023, 350pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7992-0
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Demonstrates how the United States can sustain and multiply its strategic military advantages in the 21st century and beyond.

Written for foreign policy practitioners, scholars, and students, this book offers critical insights into the modern landscape of international politics and warfare and explains how the United States can sustain its strategic advantages in the 21st century and beyond.

From the level of grand strategy to more intricate security issues, this book explores how the United States can sustain its strategic military and political advantages around the world. Developing and implementing effective national policies; fostering strong diplomatic and geopolitical ties with allies in Europe, the Indo-Pacific, and the Middle East; and managing an effective defense enterprise are key, according to the authors, to competing on a shifting international security landscape. Advancing the literature on grand strategy and outlining emerging critical issues in security, this book offers an overarching framework for strategy; an analysis of crucial security-related topics, such as cyber warfare; and informed opinions on components of competitive success, such as irregular warfare and partner building. Written by well-respected scholars, security professionals, and foreign policy practitioners, this book goes beyond focusing on hard power to consider how the U.S. can leverage its education institutions and a worldwide network of allies and partners to sustain its strategic advantage now and in the future.


  • Focuses on critical elements of soft power and the alliances that have historically undergirded U.S. leadership
  • Identifies key skills and attributes required of leaders and strategists in a changing international security environment
  • Describes critical features of the emerging international security environment that will influence U.S. strategy and policy
  • Outlines how the United States must compete and cooperate with allies and partners in three key regions of the world: Europe, Indo-Pacific, and the Middle East
  • Provides insights into emerging security issues, including economic competition, energy security, and irregular warfare
Joel R. Hillison is professor of national security studies at the United States Army War College. He is the author of Stepping Up: Burden Sharing by NATO's Newest Members.

Jerad I. Harper is director of regional studies at the United States Army War College. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles.

Christopher J. Bolan is professor of Middle East security studies at the United States Army War College. He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and online publications.


"Readers looking for insights into how the United States can meet the formidable security challenges it faces should read Sustaining America's Strategic Advantage. I know many of the authors, and their lucid writing is grounded firmly in analytical rigor and practical experience. The book's premise, that the United States needs to leverage key advantages -- including strategic leader education and a global network of allies and partners -- with a greater emphasis on non-military instruments of power, is one that resonated powerfully with me as a retired Ambassador who served for 33 years in the U.S. Foreign Service." —Daniel Shields, Ambassador (ret.), Editorial Advisor, Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs

"This excellent volume sets a multi-dimensional foundation for American grand strategy that avoids the dangers of either exaggerating or underappreciating the potential of U.S. military power and also avoids the temptation of either overestimating or underestimating the overall strength of the United States at this crucial juncture in world history. Many grand strategies sound good; this one is actually based on a sound diagnosis of world conditions and a full awareness of the perils as well as the opportunities of the contemporary global order." —Michael E. O'Hanlon, Phil Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy, Brookings Institution, and author of Military History for the Modern Strategist: America's Major Wars since 1861

"We live in dangerous times! For those seeking to understand the complex challenges and challengers facing the United States and how to address them, read Sustaining America's Strategic Advantage. The authors bring both scholarly research and practitioner's experience to comprehensively explore the critical security challenges, our competitors' strategies, the benefits and burdens of allies, and the strategic leadership qualities required to leverage these insights and maintain America's competitive advantage. Their call for a grand strategy that is based on American Values, blends the United States' advantages, and embraces our many allies rings true in my experience." —Curtis M. Scaparrotti, General, U.S. Army, Retired; Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)

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