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Downsizing Defense
Downsizing Defense
Edited by Ethan Kapstein
Congressional Quarterly, 1993, 236 pp.

Kapstein, a political economist now at the OECD, has edited a solid set of essays on various aspects of the shrinkage of defense spending in the United States, Europe, and Russia. The essays do not always fit neatly together, but they address forthrightly such issues as to what extent states can plan to create a defense industrial base, the impact of Congress on American downsizing, and the effects as seen by industry and the localities hardest hit. Kapstein concludes that defense conversion is a misnomer; transformation is a more useful term. It appears from this discussion that national experiences and problems are quite dissimilar, which may mean that cross-national comparisons will be intriguing but not all that helpful.