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Appeared in: Volume 12, Number 4
Published on: February 9, 2017
Policy Shop
Don’t Retire the National Security Act

Politics and personal misjudgments, not process, bears the largest share of the blame for U.S. national security blunders.

Richard K. Betts is director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. Another version of this article will appear in a volume to be produced by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
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