After five years of unprecedented growth in military spending, the defense policy of the United States has come to a dangerous crossroads. At the start of the decade, defense budget questions were debated almost exclusively in terms of threats to American security, but by 1986 fiscal issues dominated the defense debate. Most important, the built-in pressures for continued increases in defense spending of the Reagan Administration's first five defense budgets now clash directly with severe federal spending constraints. This escalating tension forces the Administration and Congress to confront basic questions about the relationship between defense policy and defense resources.
Defense Choices and Resource Constraints: The Dilemma of the Investment-Driven Defense Budget,
Yale L. & Pol'y Rev.
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