Academic journal article Air Power History

Warfare Welfare: The Not-So-Hidden Costs of America's Permanent War Economy

Academic journal article Air Power History

Warfare Welfare: The Not-So-Hidden Costs of America's Permanent War Economy

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Warfare Welfare: The Not-So-Hidden Costs of America's Permanent War Economy. By Marcus G. Raskin and Gregory D. Squires, eds. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, 2012. Tables. Notes. Index. Pp. 264. $32.95 paperback ISBN: 978-1-59797-533-9

Warfare Welfare is a collection of previously published material compiled for a seminar at George Washington University. The theme of that course (and of the book) is obvious from the subtitle. It was edited by the students and by their two instructors, both of whom are professors of public policy and have significant experience in and out of public service.

Although the book contains two articles from each author, the only content not previously published is the introduction. For such a diverse assortment of topics--ranging from American intellectual traditions to Supreme Court cases to the public policy lessons of hurricane Katrina--the introduction should play a significant role. It must provide a supporting framework that allows the reader to follow the theme across many different authors that originally wrote for many different audiences. It must set the parameters of the argument, clarify terms, and make a case for the veracity and importance of the book's argument. Unfortunately, this introduction generally fails on all counts. Little effort is made to define war or to describe our "permanent war economy" (that comes eventually in chapter 6). …

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