New Books Available Online

The first volume of the US Department of Defense’s massive Acquisition History project is now available on the website of the Secretary of Defense’s History Office. The same page has links to PDF downloads of an anthology from the project’s first year and an interim volume by J. Ronald Fox covering the post-1960 era.

Military acquisition policy can be mind-numbingly complex and esoteric, but if you want to understand how armed forces cost so much you have to understand the unique problems they face when it comes to buying equipment. For Canadians trying to understand how DND can be spending so much money on the F-35 and to figure out whether there are less costly alternatives, there’s nothing quite so revealing as seeing how the US has tried and failed to control the costs of their own defense projects.

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