Table of Contents

Building a Military for the Future

Winter 1997


Editor’s Journal: Changes Big and Small

Kevin Finneran

Concerning face lifts and lifting spirits.

Does NIH Need a DARPA?

Robert Mullan Cook-Deegan

Peer review has worked well, but that does not mean that it is the only way to fund research.

Rethinking the Car of the Future

Daniel Sperling

The government-industry partnership to develop a revolutionary fuel-efficient vehicle is in need of a midcourse correction.

Time to Restructure U.S. Defense Forces

David Ochmanek

Shifting resources to invest in new technologies is vital for creating the lean, mean fighting force needed to counter emerging threats.

The Air Force at a Crossroads

Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr.

To meet emerging threats, it should deemphasize manned aircraft and move toward space systems and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Reining in Military Overkill

Greg Bischak

With no major threat in sight, the Pentagon should ease up on its planned buying spree and focus more on nonmilitary means of bolstering U.S. security.

The Dual-Use Dilemma

Jay Stowsky

Political pressures make it difficult to prevent defense needs from squeezing out commercial considerations.

Eliminating Excess Defense Production

Harvey M. Sapolsky, Eugene Gholz

Research to meet future national security needs must take precedence over pork-barrel contracts.

The Drug War’s Perverse Toll

David T. Courtwright

Imprisoning so many urban black males is discouraging marriage and the formation of families, thus contributing to moral and social breakdown.

Book Review: In defense of environmentalism

Martin Lewis

The Betrayal of Science and Reason: How Anti-Environmental Rhetoric Threatens Our Future
, by 
Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne E. Ehrlich.

Book Review: In Numbers We Trust

Jerome R. Ravetz

Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life
, by 
Theodore M. Porter.

Book Review: Flawed policy

Jeffrey A. Hart

Mismanaged Trade: Strategic Policy and the Semiconductor Industry
, by 
Kenneth Flamm.

Book Review: Politics on the Net

Rick Borchelt

Electronic Democracy: Using the Internet to Influence American Politics
, by 
Graeme Browning.

Book Review: The market for spies

Melvin A. Goodman

War By Other Means: Economic Espionage in America
, by 
John J. Fialka.