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There's a wonderful article about the difference between diplomacy's domestic political setup versus the pentagon's: The Politics of National Security Budgets by Gordon Adams for The Stanley Foundation. The crux of which is exactly what you suggest, that the Pentagon has been highly organized and disciplined in its relations with Congress...and with congressional pressure as well (read the paper), security considerations get lots of play whichever way you turn.

Adams' paper is definitely worth a read.

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by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Sat Jan 31st, 2009 at 01:16:15 PM EST

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