This review from Marc says it all..."Why politics of defense has muddled the basic need. It has morphed into an insatiable system that bleeds money on inefficiencies and manufactures war to justify the expenses."
As for the author...James Fallows is National Correspondent for "The Atlantic Monthly," and has worked for the magazine for more than twenty years. His previous books include "Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy," "Looking at the Sun," "More Like Us," and "National Defense," Fallows has been a regular commentator on NPR. He lives in Washington, D.C.