Bringing The Pentagon to Heel

Frank Carlucci has Washington's toughest job -- and may even keep it next year

To understand American defense, think of an extremely wealthy man who has gone to a gambling casino for a long binge, gotten hopelessly drunk, wasted a great deal of his money and awakened with a severe hangover to find that he has married a woman who is a complete stranger. The man's condition is scarcely fatal, but scarcely one to be desired.

-- Defense Analyst Anthony Cordesman

That is a rare, fancy metaphor that can be backed up by hard numbers. The Pentagon has indeed been on a long binge: in the eight years of the Reagan Administration, Congress will have...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!