Continuing world-wide arms race

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Problem Components
Policy issue area: Politics
Policy issue: Defense
Description: The decline of the Soviet Union does not stop the arms race; many nations are still following the policy of militarization (in the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, etc.).
Symptoms: Total world-wide arms expenditures still approach $800 billion; many industrialized and developing countries are engaged in the arms trade; over 20 wars are still underway; uncontrolled military technology is becoming increasingly destructive.
Causes: Divergent social systems and politics of many countries; inability/ unwillingness to recognize the common peril; "military/industrial complexes" of industrial powers and some developing countries.
Cost of problem: -
Solution Components
Resources: Universities and research organizations.
Goal: Prevention or stopping of wars, and reducing the likelihood of such wars.
Program area: National security
Program-remedy: 1. Initiate the U.S. Grand Moral Strategy
2. Increase all arms control and reduction efforts, especially of the nuclear arsenals
3. Use the West's superior economic power more effectively in influencing the former Soviet republics and the Third World
4. Prevent the escalation of the arms race into space.
Program-prevent: 1. Reduction of superpower rivalry through the "peace strategy" of global economic and political development
2. Reduction of the level of armaments of both developed and less developed countries
3. Set up means for resolving peacefully disputes among countries.
Cost of program: -
Beneficiaries: People endangered by destructive military technologies.

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