Stuart D. Goldman, Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division
September 4, 1997
Congressional Research Service Report 97-820
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Russian government decisions and the budget deficit crisis have hit the Ministry of Defense very hard, cutting defense spending drastically and transforming the Defense Ministry into a residual claimant on scarce resources. Many experts believe that if these budgetary constraints continue for 2-3 more years, they must lead either to more drastic force reductions or to military collapse.