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A number of commentators have observed that U.S. military spending on high-technology armaments may n…

A number of commentators have observed that U.S. military spending on high-technology armaments may not increase military capacity – it may even reduce it. This would be properly regarded as paradoxical, if the primary goal of military expenditures were to enhance the nation’s military capacities, but not if the goal is military Keynesianism – basically, a subsidy to high-technology industry – and enhancement of the power of military bureaucracies. In general, one should not be too quick to explain policies and pronouncements in terms of error before exploring the possibility that they develop from systematic and quite intelligible commitments.

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