Domestic Factors in US Defense Policy
Most of us who are concerned about defence and security issues focus our attention on questions of strategy, force requirements, cost-effectiveness, and comparative US/Soviet capabilities. We often ignore the powerful economic and political factors that play important and often dominant roles in decisions on security policy, the size of the defence budget, and the nature of major programmes. This Paper examines these factors and suggests a number of issues that US defence decision-makers should consider in formulating long-term plans.
KeywordsForeign Policy Fiscal Policy Security Policy Balance Budget Real Growth
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