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  • Arms transfers -- Government policy -- United States -- Congresses,
  • United States -- Foreign relations -- 1981-1989 -- Congresses

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Edition Notes

Edited transcript of a television program.

StatementJohn Charles Daly, moderator ; Les Aspin ... [et al.] ; held on September 9, 1981, and sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.
SeriesAEI forum ;, 56
ContributionsDaly, John Charles, 1914-, Aspin, Les., American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.
LC ClassificationsHD9743.U6 A69
The Physical Object
Pagination24 p. ;
Number of Pages24
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3791713M
ISBN 100844722294
LC Control Number81071251

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