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By Leon V. Sigal

A behind-the-scenes examine the surroundings for cover coverage and budgeting--in Congress, the inside track media, and the safety industry--reveals that the looks of balance is deceiving. Pressures are development for switch. protection spending has leveled off at approximately $265 billion a yr in outlays. present commitments to maintain the prevailing strength whereas deciding to buy new weaponry are developing major price range concerns which needs to be addressed. This publication probes underneath the outside to teach how the political base for protection spending is eroding. the commercial advantages of security spending and of overseas army revenues are more and more focused. a couple of well-placed individuals are actually the most beneficiaries of accessories to the finances. while, mergers and acquisitions have left the security commercial base principally intact, with new guns filling each construction line. but it's going to take sharp raises within the safeguard funds to fund those new guns, raises that will not be politically doable. A provocative research via the various top students and researchers concerned with safeguard and international coverage matters, this may be of significant curiosity to specialists in addition to common readers.

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S. S. Department of Commerce, 1997), p. 64; on Lockheed Martin’s offset offers in Eastern and Central Europe, see William D. Hartung, Welfare for Weapons Dealers 1998: The Hidden Costs of NATO Expansion (New York: World Policy Institute, 1998), pp. 27–30. 6. Jeff Erlich, ‘‘Cohen: Procurement Spending Is at Risk,’’ Defense News, September 15–21, 1997. 7. Precise data on the number and costs of bases between 1986 and 1996 was not available, hence the approach of using payroll figures as a proxy for base activity.

1 Pentagon Contracts by Region, FY 1986 vs.

And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for providing support for this paper as part of the World Policy Institute’s project on the changing dynamics of arms production and trade. 1. Data on Congressional add-ons is from Steve Kosiak, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. See also Jonathan Landay, ‘‘Congress Exceeds Pentagon’s Dreams in Spending Plan,’’ Christian Science Monitor, July 2, 1997; and Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Report of the Quadrennial Defense Review (Washington, DC: Department of Defense, May 1997).

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