Audits are short essays, written by our scholars, that put to test the conventional wisdoms of US foreign policy.


Why is the defense budget so big?

Benjamin Friedman, MIT
April 2, 2010

The Center's Audit of the Conventional Wisdom series continues with an analysis of the defense budget—the largest since World War II. Is it a rational response to the threats and the dangers that the United States faces—or not? Benjamin Friedman is a PhD student at the MIT Department of Political Science. He is a member of the Center's Security Studies Program and is a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute.