Security, Population and Development

Dramatic developments in the Soviet Union and the Communist block countries and the precipitous end of the cold war provide a historic opportunity to address the twin problems of economic development and population growth. Arms production, size of the military forces, and employment of public resources are already on the decline in industrial and Eastern block countries. In constant 1991-92 dollars, U.S. defense spending declined from $360 billion in 1985 to $320 billion in 1990 and is expected to drop further to $240 billion.