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The Reagan Defense Program: An Interim Assessment
The Reagan Defense Program: An Interim Assessment
Edited by Stephen J. Cimbala
Scholarly Resources, 1986, 215 pp
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Has the large increase in defense budgets of the past five years been well spent? The authors are of differing views but they seem to agree on the failure to set adequate priorities. Secretary Weinberger, according to Vincent Davis, has chosen to be an external fund-raiser and promoter rather than an internal Pentagon manager. How revolutionary the change has been compared to the post-Afghanistan Carter defense buildup is also questioned. On many key matters the jury is still out, but this volume can help shape an educated judgment.