This book deals with the basic facts of the military-industrial complex, examining its institutional dynamics and constitutional barriers to change. It shows how simplistic journalistic prescriptions and trivial observations fail to do justice to the enormous complexity of an industrial economy.
Part 1: The Gradual "Revolution" in Military Technology 1. New Technologies 2. Tactical Nuclear Weapons 3. Tactical Air and Air Defenses 4. Tanks and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles 5. Ships and the Evolution of War at Sea Part 2: Using the General Purpose Forces 6. Military Power in the Twentieth Century's Last Decades 7. The Soviet Union as "Threat" 8. The Defense of Western Europe 9. Rapid Deployment and the Uses of the Navy Part 3: Absorbing Technological Change 10. Frustrated Expectations 11. What Systems to Buy