Continuing excessive spending for national defense

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Problem Components
Policy issue area: Politics
Policy issue: Defense
Description: Perception that the military forces of the U.S. must remain excessively powerful, even with the demise of the Soviet threat.
Symptoms: Strong support for defense spending without considering negative effects (crippling of industry and trade, militarization of Third World governments); some of the new military hardware suffers from quality and performance problems; continuing waste, abuse and mismanagement of much of the defense procurement.
Causes: Influence of the military-industrial complex; "fear and greed" appeals by politicians anxious to win office.
Cost of problem: Huge waste of resources for excess defense (up to $150 billion per year).
Solution Components
Resources: Universities and research organizations; the armed services; business and industry.
Goal: Maintain a level of gradually diminishing military capability, by reducing the need for excessive defense expenditures.
Program area: National security
Program-remedy: 1. Initiate the U.S. Grand Moral Strategy of gradually dismantling organized warfare
2. Balance U.S. defense strategy with worldwide commitments, and withdraw most forces from Europe and Far East
3. Make defense contributions of allies match commitments
4. Reform and unify military services, to increase efficiency and effectiveness
5. Reform defense procurement practices, to keep costs of weapon systems within bounds
6. Strengthen readiness and operability of the armed forces
7. A Defense Economic Adjustment Act, to plan economic conversion of defense industries to non-military use.
Program-prevent: 1. Improve relations with more countries now considered hostile
2. Engage in arms reduction and control activities, especially by linking development aid to military reductions
3. Use the economic power of the U.S. and allies in the quest for gaining influence in the Third World, by solving social and other problems.
Cost of program: -
Beneficiaries: Taxpayers.

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