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A Disciplined Defense

How to Regain Strategic Solvency

Author: Richard K. Betts, Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
November/December 2007
Foreign Affairs


The United States now spends almost as much on defense in real dollars as it ever has before -- even though it has no plausible rationale for using most of its impressive military forces. Why? Because without political incentives for restraint, policymakers have lost the ability to think clearly about defense policy. Washington's new mantra should be "Half a trillion dollars is more than enough."

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