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If the Reagan administration's defense buildup, begun in 1981, is over, it is important that we rethink and redesign some of the force expansion initiatives then embarked upon. This paper discusses the past defense spending record, explains the present defense spending situation, and explores the uncertain future. The author recommends rejection of marginal solutions in favor of major program reorientation.

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