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This war really matters : inside the fight for defense dollars

Author: George C Wilson
Publisher: Washington, DC : CQ Press, ©2000.
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"This War Really Matters gives readers a close-up view of the battle between the 105th Congress and the Pentagon as they worked to agree on a $250 billion defense budget. The author also looks ahead with an analytical eye to the difficulties of planning for a changing and largely unknown threat in the next century. He asks tough questions that are necessary to address: Are we ready for future wars? Does the Pentagon  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wilson, George C., 1927-
This war really matters.
Washington, DC : CQ Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)607365116
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George C Wilson
ISBN: 1568024606 9781568024608
OCLC Number: 42421062
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiii, 239 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Chapter Summaries 4 --
1 Firing the Opening Shot 11 --
Waiting for the Defense Review 16 --
Beginning the Sell 17 --
Cohen's Objectives 20 --
2 Cautious Blueprint 25 --
Two-War Capability 27 --
Congressional Reaction 29 --
Cohen's Rebuttal 32 --
QDR Detractors 34 --
Awkward Middle Ground 36 --
3 Looking Through the Military's End of the Telescope 38 --
Shalikashvili: "No Billy Mitchells" 39 --
Civilian-Military Conflict 43 --
Combat: The Shaping Experience 45 --
Postscript 72 --
4 Guns Versus Butter 75 --
"Highway King" Not Impressed 77 --
Afterglow 78 --
Would It Last? 80 --
5 Spurning the Holy Grail 84 --
An Emerging Strategy 87 --
Obey's Explanation 89 --
Spotlighting the Joint Chiefs 89 --
6 Heating Up the Iron 91 --
In Defense of Clinton 92 --
Joint Chiefs' "Wish List": $17.5 Billion More 96 --
7 Realpolitik Behind the Scenes 98 --
Retention Problem 99 --
Complicating Factors 102 --
White House Offer 106 --
Livingston Blames, and Explains, the Process 108 --
Upshot 111 --
8 Is There a Better Way? 113 --
Congress "No Help" 115 --
Knowledge Is Power 116 --
Livingston's Amiable Dissent 117 --
"Impediments to Discipline" 119 --
Doubts About Missile Defense 126 --
Unresolvable Problems 128 --
9 Turnaround 129 --
Pay and Retirement Problems 132 --
Letters to Clinton 134 --
White House Meeting 136 --
Cohen Slam-dunks One 137 --
$288.8 Billion Approved 139 --
New "Iron Triangle" 141 --
Obey's Warning 141 --
10 Shooting the Messenger: A Case History 145 --
High Stakes 147 --
Furor over Privatization 149 --
Case for Closing Bases 151 --
Preserving the Process 153 --
Peters Memo 157 --
Leak and Repercussions 160 --
11 Peering Into the Future 169 --
Secretary of Defense Cohen 169 --
Joint Chiefs Chairman Shelton 178 --
Franklin Spinney, Pentagon Heretic 182 --
12 Summing Up 193 --
What I Think 194 --
Greider: A Kindred Soul 198 --
It Takes a President 202 --
Federal Government Dollar--Where It Comes From 208 --
Revenue by Source--Summary 209 --
Federal Government Dollar--Where It Goes 210 --
Total Spending by Function 213 --
Discretionary Spending by Agency 214 --
Department of Defense Outlays by Service, 1945-2005 216 --
Department of Defense Manpower, 1940-2001 222 --
Military Force Trends 227 --
Department of Defense Budget Authority by Service, 1996-2005 228 --
Department of Defense Budget Authority by Title, 1996-2005 228 --
Where Military Dollars Are Spent 229 --
Procurement Dollars 231 --
Pentagon 232.
Other Titles: Inside the fight for defense dollars
Responsibility: George C. Wilson.

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Takes the reader through a process: how the Pentagon and Congress spend $500,000 a minute on guns and soldiers. Interweaving personal stories and insights from the major players throughout a  Read more...

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