The Defense Game

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The Defense Game

By Richard A. Stubbing with Richard A. Mendel
Bessie/Harper & Row, 1986
445 pp. $21.50

Drawing upon his 20 years' experience in defense budgeting, Mr. Stubbing presents a commonsensical, well-written critique of the process. This is not about high-priced coffee pots but the year-round budget grind. Seeing the process as not quite out of control, he provides in the closing chapter a very good list of possible improvements in such areas as weapons acquisition and defense planning/budgeting. The best sections, however, consist of vignettes of five recent secretaries of defense: Melvin Laird gets the top grade because of his political savvy.

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