Winning the New Cold War

American Defense Imperatives for Tomorrow’s Geopolitics

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About the Book

Some of the most important weapon systems in U.S. history—deployed under Bill Middendorf’s tenure as Secretary of the Navy (1974–1977)—contributed to the ending of the Cold War, including the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine fleet, Trident missiles, the Aegis Battle Managed Systems and the FA-18 warplane. Times have changed. NATO is no longer the cornerstone of European security and U.S. allies in the Pacific are not unified. Arguing for investment in cyber war, space war and AI technology, the author describes threats facing the U.S. as China seeks military superiority, Russia continues to build its nuclear arsenal, modernize its submarine force and expand its presence in the Arctic, North Korea expands its nuclear programs, and Iran foments violence in the Middle East.

About the Author(s)

J. William Middendorf II is former Secretary of the Navy, Ambassador to the Netherlands, Ambassador to the Organization of American States and Ambassador to the European Community. He remains active at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic Details

J. William Middendorf II
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8337-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4120-1
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “With great knowledge and extraordinary experience, Ambassador Middendorf masterfully charts the daunting strategic and technological threats facing our Nation as our Cold War advantages erode in the face of a rising China, a reinvigorated Russia and malign regional actors. He, then, adroitly, analyzes our weakness and strengths to make a compelling case for wise investment in systems and personnel that will help restore our advantages and deter our adversaries. It is an essential work to understand where we are and where we must go.”—Jack Reed, United States Senator, Rhode Island

• “In this book, former Secretary of the Navy Middendorf brings to life the myriad of threats that face the United States in this turbulent 21st century. He also provides concrete policy and defense proposals to improve our position, essentially developing a roadmap to a safer and more secure future.”—Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme commander of NATO

• “What a superb book! It should be required reading for every sailor, marine and soldier serving in the military today. As Secretary of the Navy, Bill Middendorf had a rule. ‘Don’t bring me a problem without a solution.’ He follows that same policy in his book, pointing out the challenges but also recommending practical solutions that reflect his more than 50 years of service to the country.”—John Odegaard, Former Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.