An argument that the difficulties and obstacles to arms control are not governed, or even heavily influenced, by military-industrial-complex (MIC) characteristics. The MIC is less a source of opposition to budget limitations and efficiency increases than other complexes, such as education and health care. Defense expenditures in 1971 represent the smallest share of governmental total expenditures and GNP since 1950. The real issue is understanding American, Russian, and Chinese attitudes toward weapons development, deployment, and operations. Some arms control already operates, but a number of substantive problems prevent more stringent limitations, and, among these, the MIC's role is limited. (Prepared for the University of Chicago Arms Control and Foreign Policy Seminar, December 1971.)
This report is part of the RAND Corporation Paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.
This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.