Accession Number : ADA139606

Title :   Sitting on Bayonets? The Soviet Defense Burden and Moscow's Economic Dilemma,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Becker,A S

PDF Url : ADA139606

Report Date : Sep 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : Not too many years ago, the burden of Soviet defense seemed a secondary issue. The conventional estimates of the size of the burden were low and the Soviet economy was growing rapidly. Now, the era of rapid growth seems to have come to an end and the Western estimates of the burden are much higher. The conjunction generates intense interest in the relation between the two developments. Especially important is the role of the defense burden in shaping future growth prospects. How serious a drag on the economy does the Soviet military budget represent? Is cutting defense spending the solution to current Soviet economic problems? Will the military budget nevertheless continue to grow? These questions are the focus of the present paper. The first section considers the various estimates of the size of the Soviet defense burden. It is followed by a discussion of the connections between defense burden and resource allocation choices. A final section speculates on the implications for future defense spending.

Descriptors :   *National defense, USSR, Costs, Budgets, Resource management, Allocations, Variations, Policies, Economic analysis

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE