State-Provided Defense as Non-Comprehensive Planning
16 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2018 Last revised: 17 Sep 2018
Date Written: July 30, 2018
State-provided defense is a form of non-comprehensive government planning subject to two inherent problems. The first is the “knowledge problem” of how to allocate scarce resources to their highest-valued uses. The second is the “power problem” due to the discretionary power granted to those in the managerial-administrative state to plan military-related policies and resource allocations. We discuss these dual problems in the context of the U.S. defense sector.
Keywords: knowledge problem, national defense, power problem
JEL Classification: H11, H41, H56, P11
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