Budgetary Constraints on Doctrinal Concepts
Perhaps I ought to begin by explaining my own rather dubious qualifications for following up that very stimulating survey by David Greenwood. My own early introduction to economic constraint in an Air Force context took place in the cinema of RAF Padgate in 1951 when, in company with several hundred other none-too-enthusiastic National Servicemen I discovered that, despite Adam Smith’s well-known precept that defence was ‘the first duty of the Sovereign’. I was going to have to run my particular microeconomy on the princely sum of four shillings a day.
KeywordsBudgetary Constraint Spending Level Defence Expenditure Cruise Missile Offensive Operation
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