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  • ISBN: 9780262731409
  • ISBN10: 0262731401

Holding the Line U.S. Defense Alternatives for the Early 21st Century

by Cindy Williams

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Mit Pr
  • Publish date: 01/01/2001
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Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military has reduced its combat forces by 40 percent, closed about 20 percent of its bases, and withdrawn from many overseas posts. Even after these changes, and despite cutting its annual spending by about 30 percent, the United States spends more than the countries with the six next-largest military budgets combined.

Heated debates continue to rage over U.S. military spending. In the late 1990s, many commentators claimed that spending was too low, and the defense budget began to increase for the first time since the mid-1980s. Others argued that the United States had taken on too many military missions -- including frequent humanitarian interventions or peacekeeping operations -- and needed to scale back these deployments.

Holding the Line presents objective and detailed assessments of the U.S. defense budget and America's military strategy. Its contributors call for smaller U.S. forces with more modern weapons, sensors, avionics, and communications systems. They offer recommendations that would enable the U.S. military to transform its forces and make them more effective, while holding the line on defense budget increases.

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