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Budgeting for Hard Power: Defense and Security Spending Under Barack Obama. Washington, DC : Brookings Institute Press , June , 2009

June 2009

Brookings Institute Press

From the introduction: “These are extraordinary times in American national security policy. The nation remains involved in two of the longest conflicts of its history in Iraq and Afghanistan, with more than 4,000 lives lost over six years in Iraq and more than 600 lost over nearly eight years in Afghanistan, as well as cumulative costs approaching, to date, $700 billion in the former case and $200 billion in the latter.¹ Thankfully the prognosis in Iraq appears far improved in recent years; 2009 and 2010 will be momentous times in Afghanistan as the United States doubles combat forces there in hopes of turning…”


O’Hanlon, Michael


Brookings Institute Press

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