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Public Statements by the Secretaries of Defense gives researchers their best opportunity to trace the growth and development of the defense establishment in the United States since the Department of Defense was formed in the aftermath of World War II. Over 70, pages of press conferences, background briefings, press statements, and official testimony, along with interview, speeches, and supporting documents, have been collected and organized by the office of the Secretary of Defense in a single voluminous work. The collection contains thousands of pages on many crucial areas, including the deabte over the size of the budget of the Department of Defense, theneed for and the cost-effectiveness of various weapons systems, and the pros and cons of foreign military assistance for a variety of strategic and policial reasons.

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