Vital Statistics:The U.S.Military

Corbin, Marcus; Levitsky, Olga
November 2003
Defense Monitor;Nov/Dec2003, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p1
The article provides basic information about U.S. and foreign military forces. Despite a substantial change in the nature of threats from war between superpowers to terrorism, the trends in relative spending and force strength between the U.S. and the rest of the world continue much as they have since the end of the Cold War. The primary threat to U.S. security, however, is no longer massed Soviet forces, but rather small numbers of attackers. Countering these attackers may require strengthening the diplomatic, economic, law enforcement, and informational tools of national security as much as massive funding of conventional military force. U.S. President George W. Bush's emphasis on overthrowing the "state sponsors" of terrorism does indeed require large conventional military forces and high spending.


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