The Defense Budget: Reading the Fine Print

February 1980
National Review;2/22/1980, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p198
This focuses on the military budget in the brochure entitled "The United States Budget in Brief: Fiscal Year 1981" released by the administration of U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Procurement schedules for every category of equipment are down from figures projected a year ago. Naval aircraft procurement will not make up for expected attrition and mandated retirements--resulting in a net loss. The only new items are specialized logistic ships and CX transport aircraft, due to start materializing by 1985 and to attain numbers sufficient for significant action in distant emergencies by 1988 or 1989, unless customary reductions and stretchouts are interposed.


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