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Why The Military Can’t Get The Figures Right
A former Department of Defense adviser—one of Robert S. McNamara’s Whiz Kids—explains why we tend to overestimate Russian strength, and why we underestimate what it will cost to defend ourselves
February/March 1986 | Volume 37, Issue 2
I used to get very upset and angry about that, feeling that Congress was trying to make the defense program into a pork barrel. I guess with increasing age I feel more philosophical about it; I would rather that the legislature had to get reelected than that it didn’t have to get reelected. For all the problems of democracy, the alternatives appear worse. But I do still deplore the fact that our system does not provide much support for the efficient and effective use of resources for national defense.