Public Health Research vs MX Research
THE SCALE of the coming boom (in military spending) is such as
to defy normal understanding. I tried to look, however, at just
one component of the (U.S.) military budget — spending for research
and development — and to compare it to research spending for civilian
purposes, on the basis of programs related to public health. And
I used not Reagan's projected increased budget but the Carter budget
for fiscal year 1981.
In that year military research for one weapons system alone, the
MX missile system, amounted to about $1.5 billion. That was greater
than the total amount spent for all research by the Environmental
Protection and Mental Health Administration, plus all Veteran's
Administration medical research, plus all Agriculture Department
research on human nutrition, plus all research on highway safety.
Add to this the entire research budgets of the Department of Housing
and Urban Development and the Department of Education, and you still
do not reach the research total alone of the MX missle.
— "The Economics of the Arms Race," by Prof. Emma Rothschild,
Massachussetts Institute of Technology. Presentation at the Riverside
Church Disarmament Program fourth annual conference, New York, Nov.
Published in SOURCES summer 83.
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