Military-Industrial Simplicities, Complexities, and Realities.

by Charles Wolf, Jr.


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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.)

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