Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Obama's defense budget offsets will ring hollow
But when Carter came to the White Houses in 1977, rather than simply invest in rebuilding America's military, he promised America one better. He endorsed Defense Secretary Harold Brown's "offset" strategy.
Instead of fixing the equipment on hand or buying new stuff, the Pentagon would invest in "next generation" technology that would offset the fact that the Soviets had a lot more ships, planes, and people. Brown planned to provide the American military with an overwhelming technological competitive advantage.