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The Estimation of Soviet Defense Expenditures, 1955-75: An Unconventional Approach
The Estimation of Soviet Defense Expenditures, 1955-75: An Unconventional Approach
By William T. Lee
Praeger, 1977, 358 pp.

One aspect of the continuing debate over the Soviet-American military balance has been the controversy over the accuracy of Western estimates of Soviet defense spending. The author of this detailed work argues that past CIA estimates have been implausibly low and have not correctly reflected observed changes in the Soviet military establishment. Although a book written for specialists, the implications of its argument are far-reaching.