Unguided Missiles: How America Buys Its Weapons

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America's arsenals are full of weapons that may never be used or paid for. This timely book delves into the roles the President, Congress, and industry have in the increasingly expensive defense game.

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To explain how the weapons-procurement system works, Hampson ( Securing Europe's Future ) presents a number of case histories (including the Trident submarine, the MX, the cruise missile, the B-1 bomber, the Abrams tank), tracing the "life cycle" of each through budgeting, programming, research and development. Even the most controversial weapons systems usually end up in production, having assumed "uncontrollable lives of their own" and costing the taxpayer more than they should, he notes. This very useful book explains why. Written for the general reader, it brings into clear relief the complex relationship between weapons procurement and the forces of technology, service parochialism, the arms race, military strategy and arms control. More significantly, it reveals that weapons acquisition depends as much on political compromise as on superpower parity, military doctrine or even plain logic. In a cogent section at the end, Hampson, professor of international relations at Carleton University in Ottawa, discusses ways of strengthening congressional oversight and achieving tighter control over the defense budget. Illustrations.
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From Library Journal:

"Dead reckoning," "horse trading," "conflict and cooperation among competing institutional interests"--these phrases summarize Osler's view of the the weapons procurement process. His book dishes out criticism far and wide: at a Congress that approaches the defense budget in a chaotic, piecemeal fashion, and at a Pentagon in which the military services and a host of bureaucrats seek endless compromises and settle on lowest common denominators. The result, says Osler, is "predictable, inevitable, wasteful," as exemplified by the Trident, the B-1, the Air-Launched Cruise Missile, the MX, and the M-1 tank. He withholds judgement on the Midgetman and Strategic Defense Initiative, but his doubts and pessimism are evident. Well written, but Osler's preaching is often too heavy-handed.
- John Yurechko, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C.
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