Naval War College Review


In the latter two years of the Reagan administration, mobilization and related issues rapidly grew in importance. How and how well these issues are addressed in the early 1990s will considerably affect our security and well­ being far into the 21st century. This article discusses factors that are increasing the significance of mobilization matters, sets out several propositions or theorems on which war gaming and other analytic work is urgently needed, advances some preliminary conclusions as to where the more difficult challenges and adjustments for U.S. and Western security may lie, and sets forth recommendations for action as the Bush administration begins to deal with structural elements of U.S. and Western security into the 21st century.