Arms and Arms Control: A Symposium

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28. Arms Control Will Not Cut Defense Cost

By THOMAS C. SCHELLING and MORTON H. HALPERIN

The authors of this essay have helped to create the current arms-control consensus. According to this consensus, represented by most of the other contributors to this volume, the acceptance of viable arms-control measures by the nuclear powers would not necessarily save money. In fact, defense costs might become higher -- at least for a number of years. The purpose of arms control, they argue, is not to save money but to lessen the risk of war and to make war less destructive should it occur.

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"The Arms Budget and the Economy," in Strategy and Arms Control ( New York: The Twentieth Century Fund, 1961), pp. 120-27. Reprinted with the permission of the authors and the publisher.

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