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Arming the Future

A Defense Industry for the 21st Century

Editors: Sean S. Costigan, and Ann R. Markusen

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Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press

Release Date August 1999

Price $22.50 hardcover

442 pages
ISBN 0876092466


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.

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Ann R. Markusen is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sean S. Costigan is an editor at Columbia International Affairs Online (

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