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...

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