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U.S. Air and Ground Conventional Forces for NATO: Overview
Budget issue paper
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (U S CONGRESS) WASHINGTON DC
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As the Congress makes decisions on targets for the First Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 1979, the appropriate size of the defense budget will be one of the most important issues. The principal role of a large part of the U.S. air and ground forces is to participate with U.S. allies in a defense of NATO Europe. Therefore, judgments about the requirements for that defense and the appropriate role of the United States in it will underlie Congressional budget decisions. The series of papers on U.S. forces for NATO of which this is a part is intended to lay out the current U.S. role in NATOs defense, to relate the U.S. role to the contributions of the various NATO allies, and to present a set of alternative defense programs corresponding to different conceptions of appropriate changes in the U.S. role. The other papers in this series deal at greater length with issues in the areas of firepower, air defense, and logistics. A companion piece, Assessing the NATOWarsaw Pact Military Balance, was published in December 1977. The series was undertaken at the request of the Senate Budget Committee.
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