Sticking To His Guns: Senator Sam Nunn

Cheney chops the Pentagon budget but refuses to reshape it

Frustrated at the failure of the Bush Administration to redefine U.S. defense posture in the face of changes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Democratic Senator Sam Nunn has delivered a series of speeches on "defense- budget blanks." Chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, Nunn pointed to a "threat blank" based on a dated U.S. assessment of Soviet military power, a "strategy blank" unfilled by Pentagon planners and, most important, a "program blank" in which requests for tens of billions of dollars in new weapons are unsupported by any rationale. Deciding on the defense budget, said Nunn, is...

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