9781568024608

This War Really Matters

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    9781568024608

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    1568024606

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-11-01
  • Publisher: Cq Pr
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Summary

Drawing on nearly 40 years of news writing focused on military issues, George C. Wilson takes the reader through a fascinating, but little understood, 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 fast-paced narrative, Wilson provides an inside look at how the 105th Congress and the Pentagon battled for a 250 billion dollar defense budget.Wilson demystifies the &BAD:"realpolitik&BAD:" among the individual armed forces and highly partisan members of Congress, as well as civilian and military leaders, thus giving a sense of the trade-offs involved on all sides. Exclusive interviews with major players&BAD:-including Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Rep. David R. Obey, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Hugh H. Shelton&BAD:-relate their distinctive perspectives on how Congress allocates and the Pentagon spends defense dollars.Wilson takes a look ahead&BAD:-with a critical eye&BAD:-to the wars of the next century and asks tough questions: Are we ready for future wars or are we still preparing for the last war, the Cold War? Does the Pentagon need more money? Or can it really do its job with less?

Author Biography

George C. Wilson is the former chief defense correspondent for the Washington Post and is a columnist for Army Times, Navy Times, and Air Force Times.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Lawrence J. Korb
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1(204)
Chapter Summaries
4(7)
Firing the Opening Shot
11(14)
Waiting for the Defense Review
16(1)
Beginning the Sell
17(3)
Cohen's Objectives
20(5)
The Cautious Blueprint
25(13)
Two-War Capability
27(2)
Congressional Reaction
29(3)
Cohen's Rebuttal
32(2)
QDR Detractors
34(2)
The Awkward Middle Ground
36(2)
Looking Through the Military's End of the Telescope
38(37)
Shalikashvili: ``No Billy Mitchells''
39(4)
Civilian-Military Conflict
43(2)
Combat: The Shaping Experience
45(27)
Postscript
72(3)
Guns Versus Butter
75(9)
``Highway King'' Not Impressed
77(1)
The Afterglow
78(2)
Would It Last?
80(4)
Spurning the Holy Grail
84(7)
An Emerging Strategy
87(2)
Obey's Explanation
89(1)
Spotlighting the Joint Chiefs
89(2)
Heating Up the Iron
91(7)
In Defense of Clinton
92(4)
Joint Chiefs' ``Wish List'': $17.5 Billion More
96(2)
Realpolitik Behind the Scenes
98(15)
The Retention Problem
99(3)
Complicating Factors
102(4)
The White House Offer
106(2)
Livingston Blames, and Explains, the Process
108(3)
The Upshot
111(2)
Is There a Better Way?
113(16)
Congress ``No Help?''
115(1)
Knowledge Is Power
116(1)
Livingston's Amiable Dissent
117(2)
``Impediments to Discipline''
119(7)
Doubts about Missile Defense
126(2)
Unresolvable Problems
128(1)
The Turnaround
129(16)
Pay and Retirement Problems
132(2)
Letters to Clinton
134(2)
White House Meeting
136(1)
Cohen Slam-dunks one
137(2)
$288.8 Billion Approved
139(2)
New ``Iron Triangle''
141(1)
Obey's Warning
141(4)
Shooting the Messenger: A Case History
145(24)
High Stakes
147(2)
Furor Over Privatization
149(2)
The Case for Closing Bases
151(2)
Preserving the Process
153(4)
The Peters Memo
157(3)
The Leak and Repercussions
160(6)
Epilogue
166(3)
Peering Into the Future
169(24)
Secretary of Defense Cohen
169(9)
Joint Chiefs chairman Shelton
178(4)
Franklin Spinney, Pentagon Heretic
182(11)
Summing Up
193(12)
What I Think
194(4)
Greider: a Kindred Soul
198(4)
It Takes a President
202(3)
Appendix 205(28)
Glossary
205(3)
The Federal Government Dollar---Where It comes From
208(1)
Revenue by Source---Summary
209(1)
The Federal Government Dollar---Where It Goes
210(3)
Total Spending by Function
213(1)
Discretionary Spending by Agency
214(2)
Department of Defense Outlays by Service, 1945--2005
216(6)
Department of Defense Manpower, 1940--2001
222(5)
Military Force Trends
227(1)
Department of Defense Budget Authority by Service, 1996--2005
228(1)
Department of Defense Budget Authority by Title, 1996--2005
228(1)
Where Military Dollars Are Spent
229(2)
Procurement Dollars
231(1)
The Pentagon
232(1)
Index 233

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