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.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.