This book offers a systematic guide to the allocation of American
taxpayer dollars used to provide for the common defense. With
engaging and illustrative examples like the narrative of a
helicopter purchase, it reveals an unexpectedly chaotic political
process that produces a conversely stable aggregate defense budget.
The book explores specific attempts to control or influence these
turbulent funding outcomes as Congress reviews the Presidential
budget request. Containing data and sources largely unavailable to
researchers without access to the Department of Defense, the book
should be of interest to anyone looking for a direct, current, and
methodical analysis of defense budget outcomes that preserves the
informal and nuanced mechanics of a political and complicated
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