Expenditure on Weapons

Huge sums are spent by governments on weapons and troops, particularly in certain countries. There are two remedies for this drain on government expenditure, one long-term and one short-term.

The long-term answer lies in the evolution of the world community towards political and economic unity – that is unity in the cooperative rather than in the monolithic sense. As this evolution proceeds, the need for large armed forces with massive sophisticated weapons systems will diminish, along with the need for expenditure on them.

The short-term answer is that even if one grants a temporary need for huge armies and costly weapons, money is spent on them in a grossly inefficient way. This has been well documented in the case of the U.S.A. Hundreds of dollars sometimes being paid for one small item such as a hex nut or screwdriver. Huge sums being spent on items that have nothing to do with the nation’s defence and ought to come out of the private expenditure of service people or industry employees. Weapons systems that cost many times more than projected and don’t work, or function unreliably. Redundant or obsolete weapons systems that gain continued funding because the industries that they support are in some politician’s district or because powerful interests have their noses in the trough.

The solution to this problem of inefficient expenditure is moral and political and lies beyond the scope of these posts.

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