Meanwhile, At The Pentagon...: Mr. Missile Shield

It has been a restoration, all right, but of which presidency? First came Dick Cheney, next Paul O'Neill. Now comes Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon, and the new Administration seems to have as much to do with the Ford Administration of the mid-1970s as it does with Bush I.

With Rumsfeld at the helm, the Pentagon is likely to be faced with the same challenge of 25 years ago: the desire to keep its expensive conventional weapons systems and build an expensive but unconventional new one. Despite the end of the cold war, the Pentagon budget Rumsfeld inherits will be larger--at...

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