Military-Industrial Simplicities : A Review of Three Books.

by Charles Wolf, Jr.

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A joint review of Barnet's The Economy of Death, Len's The Military-Industrial Complex, and American Militarism 1970, excerpts from a 30-man conference with epilogue by Senator Fulbright. Underlying these and many recent books on the subject are premises with which Wolf disagrees --that preparation is provocation, increasing the risk of war, the military is a threat to democracy, and the defense budget is uncontrolled. In constant dollars, current defense outlays are quite close to the Eisenhower budget which Barnet refers to approvingly. Debate on national security issues can be advanced by people with severe criticism and strong antagonism toward the use of force in general, but the participants should devote more thought than they have displayed so far. 6 pp. (MW)

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