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The Science of War by Michael E. O'Hanlon

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CHAPTER I

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Defense Budgeting and Resource Allocation

DOES THE UNITED STATES spend too much on defense? Why does its current military budget, even excluding costs for Iraq and Afghanistan, exceed the Cold War average in real-dollar terms, and exceed the budgets of either China or Russia by a ratio of some five to one? If the budget is bloated, how can it be prudently scaled back? Regardless of whether it is excessive, how can proposals for new types of military capabilities be properly evaluated? Only by understanding the components of the defense budget can these questions be seriously addressed.

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