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The lawgivers' struggle : how Congress wields power in national security decision making
 by National Institute Press, Fairfax, Virginia :
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction to the role of Congress in national security issues -- The constitutional and historical origins of congressional and executive roles -- The organization and operation of the legislative branch -- The organization and operation of the executive branch -- How and why Congress shapes policy -- The ebb and flow of congressional influence and executive power -- Managing the military and the military budget -- Congressional oversight of the intelligence community and weapons of mass destruction -- The role of interest groups and other external actors -- Congress' impact on weapons of mass destruction nonproliferation regimes -- Case studies on the proliferation security initiative, project bioshield, and missile defense -- Case study on the cooperative threat reduction program -- The use of export controls and sanctions as a nonproliferation tool -- Case studies on the export of commercial satellites and high-performance computers.
"The Lawgivers' Struggle explains how the U.S. Congress exercises its constitutional authorities to formulate and shape American national security policy, sometimes in support of administration priorities and sometimes in opposition to them. Drawing on the author's experiences as a congressional staffer working for the House Armed Services Committee, it describes the processes that Congress uses and the tools it has as its disposal to wield influence in national security decisions. The book illuminates the legislative process, explaining the "how" and "why" of congressional decision making. It describes the dynamic that characterizes the relationship between the executive and legislative branches of government and the historical origins of the power struggle between the branches that continues to this day. The book serves as a valuable resource for students, government professionals, and everyday American citizens who wish to better understand how their government works"--