I just got a copy of Chet Richards' new book, "If We Can Keep It" (thanks, Chet!). The subtitle is "A national security manifesto for the next administration."
I've only just started it, but it's pretty fantastic already. Here's a snippet from the introduction:
A better path, argued here, is to refashion our entire approach to foreign policy, and in particular, our use of force to solve problems in the developing world. As a first principle, the temptation to invade and occupy other countries should not arise...
[we should] first base our conduct of international affairs around a robust grand strategy. Grand strategy is the art of making more friends and allies than enemies. Grand strategy is why Hitler lost World War II - many more people were willing to fight him than wanted to join him.
Chet goes on to advocate dismantling the DoD and creating a new structure to fund and train a military force consistent with this grand strategy. He points out the DoD spends three-quarters of a trillion dollars every year, "yet there is no military threat to speak of." He also observes the current DoD structure has evolved into a system which is "immune to reform."
I think I'm really going to enjoy this book!