Shooting the Moon on Defense

The President's military budget draws fire on Capitol Hill

With the press looking on, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger held up a photograph showing a stack of documents 6 ft. 3 in. high: it was the 1984 defense budget, with supporting documents. This year's stack promises to be taller still. Even allowing for inflation, the 1985 budget is the largest submitted by the Pentagon since World War II, including the years of the Korean and Viet Nam wars. It had something for everyone, as the Senate and House Armed Services committees found out last week...

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