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A Reasonable Defense
A Reasonable Defense
By William W. Kaufmann
Brookings, 1986, 113 pp

This short volume, by the man who may well be the most knowledgeable individual in this country on the defense budgets of the past quarter-century, serves as an excellent review and critique of the Reagan Administration's approach to the defense budget. Kaufmann believes that if U.S. forces could be more coherently designed, they would greatly outperform our current programmed forces, and at a savings of $200 billion over five years. He decries the decline in the planning-programming-budgeting system, Secretary Weinberger's deference to the individual military services, the use of exaggerated threat assessments, and the reluctance of Congress to forgo or cancel major weapons systems on its own initiative.