In The Prudent Use of Power in American National Security Strategy, a compendium of ten essays originally presented at the Tobin Project’s December 2009 conference, leading scholars examine the utility of “nonkinetic” (or non-military) power in U.S. national security policy. The authors consider the potential risks and benefits of shifting to a more prudent, or restrained, use of “kinetic” (or military) power in U.S. foreign policy. This scholarship aims to test the limits of kinetic and nonkinetic power in dealing with national security challenges and to explore how and where each can be used most effectively.
Walt, Stephen. "Cutting Losses in Wars of Choice: Obstacles and Strategies." The Prudent Use of Power in American National Security Strategy. Ed. Stephen Van Evera and Sidharth Shah. The Tobin Project, 2010, 131-157.