Oes the increase in US defence spending represent a response to a more dangerous security environment or a response to imagined threats?

Module: Critical Security Studies
Criteria for essay: Critically evaluate and apply theory to contemporary security issues.
See attached course outline

essay should reflect the security debate of the copenhagen school, postmodernism (foreign policy is about national identity) and realistic approaches to security studies (September 11 did happen)
and have a clear argumentative line.
-Alan Collins (ed), Contemporary Security Studies, Oxford:Oup, 2006 (in particular chapter 4 by David Mutimer om Critical Security Studies p.53-74 and Chapter 7 on Securisation)
-David Campbell, Writing ity: United States Foreign Policy and the Politics of Identity, revised edition, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001
-David Mutimer, The Weapons State: Proliferation and the framing of Security, London: Lynne Rienner, 2000
-Buzan, Barry, Ole Weaver and Jaap de. Wilde, Security: A new framework for analysis, London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998.
-Paul Rogers, Losing Control: Global Security in the Twenty-first century, London: Pluto Press, 2000.
-Ken Booth, and Tim Dunne (eds), Worlds in Collision: Terror and the Future of Global Order, Basingstoke, 2002.

Further literature proposals attached in the course outline