In the wake of the September 11 attacks and the ensuing war on terrorism, the United States began a massive buildup in its defense budget. There was little public debate, however, about the possible alternatives to the sweeping budget increases proposed by the Bush administration. Written as presidential speeches, this book lays out the best case for four different options, each of which could serve as the organizing principle for future U.S. defense plans and budgets.
The speeches, written by leading national security expert and Council Fellow Lawrence Korb, are preceded by a memo that explains the strengths, weaknesses, and politics of each alternative. A useful guide for teachers, students, and the general reader interested in defense, this book illuminates an issue that will continue to play a prominent role in the national conversation.