Cover: National Security in the 1990s

National Security in the 1990s

Published 1991

by Michael D. Rich


Download Free Electronic Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.6 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback18 pages $20.00

This paper is the text of a speech given at a luncheon co-sponsored by Town Hall of California and the Los Angeles Council of Engineers and Scientists, in Los Angeles, on February 19, 1991. The author describes the possible future geopolitical environment, the outlook for defense spending, and their implications for the defense industry. He identifies some characteristics of the post-Cold War era: (1) an increase in the likelihood of non-superpower crises; (2) more far-reaching destructive effects of disputes that were once limited in scope, as modern weapons are used; (3) an increased need for collective action--whether under the aegis of international organizations, multinational alliances, or ad hoc affiliations--to meet international problems; (4) the need for the United States to take a leading role in the creation of a new world security order; and (5) cooperation with more than the United States' traditional international partners. Finally, deliberations about longer-term security requirements should be dominated by two critical considerations: the formulation of a new national security strategy, and a strengthening of the industrial capability that supports our global military reach and influence.

This report is part of the RAND paper series. The paper was a product of RAND from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.