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Weapons without a Cause

The Politics of Weapons Acquisition in the United States

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Theo Farrell
    Pages 1-22
  3. Theo Farrell
    Pages 23-66
  4. Theo Farrell
    Pages 67-121
  5. Theo Farrell
    Pages 122-174
  6. Theo Farrell
    Pages 175-186
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-230

About this book


Why are certain weapons acquired in the United States and others not? Theo Farrell addresses this question by examining the strategic, institutional and budgetary issues surrounding four major weapon programmes. Extensive use is made of primary sources in analysing the origins, development and outcomes of these programmes. This book presents alarming evidence to show how the military services manipulate weapons acquisition to suit their own ends rather than national security. It also analyses how Congress, motivated by concerns over cost, comes to play a greater role in shaping programme outcomes once weapons enter production.


budget development Institution politics production service state weapons

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of ExeterUK

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