Sunday, March 13, 2011

Defense Spending Re-Considered, again

Check out this set of graphics and decide for yourself what to spend defense $$ on.  The simple chart raises good questions even if it misses the point here and there. Criticizing the MRAP for being bad on a conventional battlefield misses the point that it is designed for an unconventional, IED-laden battlefield.  Perhaps this is all moot with the end of the Iraq and Afghanistan efforts--that the US will not choose another unconventional war.  The problem is that being really good at conventional war induces the adversaries to use unconventional means.

Still, it is important to raise questions about in which sinkholes we want to throw money.

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