In This Review

U.S. Defense Policy in the 1980s.
U.S. Defense Policy in the 1980s.
Daedalus, 1980, 209 pp

The first of two volumes which are likely to compare favorably with the now-famous, essential 1960 issue of Daedalus on arms control. But it is indicative of the current sea-change in perceptions that the major interest and concern is now for defense policy rather than arms control. If there is an overriding theme, it is the dominance of international politics over technical factors in assessing defense policy. The chapters on regional security issues in the Third World are excellent, and on the core questions of strategic deterrence and the Soviet Union there is a healthy tension among the authors. This is an important work of high quality which should be widely read.