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The Soviet Military Buildup and U.S. Defense Spending
The Soviet Military Buildup and U.S. Defense Spending
By Barry M. Blechman and others
Brookings, 1977, 61 pp
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This monograph attempts to answer two important defense policy questions: Is there a genuine Soviet military buildup, and what should be the U.S. response? Answering the first in the affirmative, it cautions against an across-the-board U.S. response - largely for fiscal reasons - but advocates modest growth in the defense budget. The quality of the section on Soviet military capabilities is quite good, the one on Europe less so when compared to other sources.Valuable data; uneven analysis; controversial conclusions.