The end of the Cold War created a crisis for the American military industrial complex: procurement spending dropped by more than 60 percent in a decade and the export market imploded. In Arming the Future: A Defense Industry for the Twenty-first Century, a group of policymakers, industry-watchers, and scholars, dissects the upheavals of the 1990s, especially the rash of mergers that reduced the defense industry to a few major players.
Looking ahead to imminent transnational mergers and partnerships, Council Senior Fellow Ann Markusen and Columbia International Affairs Online Editor Sean Costigan, the book's editors, warn that the Pentagon will lose market power in such a world. More, rather than less, oversight will be required. They caution against the current fad for privatization and counsel cooperation with European and other allies in rationalizing defense industrial capacity.
Rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries are increasing faster than in wealthier countries. The Independent Task Force outlines a plan for collective action on this growing epidemic.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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