Naval War College Review


Carl Carlson


Bart Brasher begins his retrospective dis- cussion of Implosion with a simple syn- opsis in chapter 1, “The Last 1,000 Days of the Cold War.” Mentioned in this chapter is a discussion of the period of the Reagan administration when Defense personnel numbers and budget authority reached their peaks. He includes interest- ing USA Today statistics about defense spending in the United States and in the USSR, as well as a breakdown of how many soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines were serving.