U.S. industrial production remains well below its peak level. In the meantime, America's output of defense and space equipment, mostly tools of war, is at record levels. Industrial activity is clearly booming in the wrong place.
Tenuous though it may be, the Obama Administration maintains that it still intends to complete the Iraq military pullout by the end of December 2011. Even that won’t be the end of combat operations, however.
What does it say about the the American government, its president, and its military today, that the the largest military/intelligence organization in the history of mankind has launched a global manhunt for Julian Assange, head of the Wikileaks...
Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the US. Asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforce
The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself...
In short, war, quite aside from its dubious moral justification, is a losing proposition economically – and a policy of perpetual war, such as we are now committed to, is economic suicide
Two Military Officials, Two Contractors and Contracting Company Indicted for Alleged Roles in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to DOD Contract in Afghanistan
All of the spending on unnecessary wars adds up. The U.S. is adding trillions to its debt burden to finance its multiple wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, etc. Public sector spending - and mainly defense spending - has accounted for virtually all o
The rabid calls for co-ordinated implementation of naked body scanners in airports across the planet, in the wake of the failed underwear bombing, will result in huge profits for the military industrial complex.
The economic power of military-fueled industry has been illustrated throughout history, and it looks like the growth of the Afghan National Security Forces will be a boon to developing industries in Afghanistan.
Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn says we cannot afford guns and butter. Do we fund the weapons or the troops who use them? One thing is certain: no one is going to be happy. Last week Lynn confirmed what Robert Gates said: Major cuts are comi
The security firm formerly known as Blackwater is looking for new ownership, announcing Monday it is pursuing a sale of the company that became renowned and reviled for its involvement with the U.S. government in Iraq and elsewhere.
The spending is part of at least $500 million that has transformed what was once a sun-beaten and forgotten Caribbean base into one of the most secure military and prison installations in the world. That does not included construction bonuses, which
“A large-scale attack on Nato’s command and control systems or energy grids could possibly lead to collective defence measures under article 5,” the experts said.
Nearly 50 years after Eisenhower famously warned Americans about the military-industrial complex, it still manages to hold its few critics at bay, to thwart the designs of budget-cutters and to exert a peculiar pull on the American popular imaginatio
The Army is looking to spend as much as $100 million to expand its Special Operations headquarters in northern Afghanistan. From Kandahar Airfield to the Bagram jail, the U.S. military is on a building spree, spending hundreds of millions of dollars
The world is spending considerably more than a trillion $ each year on the military (it was about $1.5 trillion in 2008). The US is responsible for nearly half of this total. Can we stop the global military-industrial complex before it eats us all?
The Japanese Prime Minister resigned to improve his party’s chances in an election next month, after his popularity plunged over his broken campaign promise to remove a U.S. Marine base. Finance Minister Naoto Kan, who has a clean and defiant image,
According to the “Base Structure Report”, an annual report of the Department of Defense, in the year 2002 we had 725 bases in other people’s countries. The base world is secret. 40 percent of the defense budget is black. No congressman can see it. AlEntered By: Leon Felkins
General McChrystal has acknowledged that there is a stalemate in Afghanistan now. This means that after an increase of nearly 16,000 troops of the Obama-pledged 30,000, the U.S. is not seeing a shift in its fortunes.
In his 1935 book War is a Racket, Butler described the workings of the military-industrial complex and, after retiring from service, became a popular speaker at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists and church groups in the 1930s.Entered By: Leon Felkins
If Republicans are serious about reining in our out-of-control federal spending, they ought to start with the spending item that takes up 56 percent of our discretionary spending -- defense.
The "War Is Making You Poor Act" does 3 things: 1st, it requires the administration to carry out the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with only the $549 bn set forth in the president’s budget for defense spending, without the $159 bn "emergency"
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After a congressional panel added nearly a half-billion dollars to next year's defense budget for a jet engine the military insists it doesn't need, Gates called the move "a waste of money" and promised that the Pentagon "will strongly resist efforts
SAIC announced that it has been awarded a new contract, $6.6bn ceiling, by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to support the DIA DoD Intelligence Information System (DoDIIS) Enterprise, Combatant Commands and Service Intelligence Agencies with in
The "29 largest publicly traded defense contractors increased their use of offshore subsidiaries by 26 percent from 2003 to 2008." The "subsidiaries helped the contractors reduce taxes, in part by avoiding Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes"
George Bush's, as well as Barack Obama's, Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, has identified a free-spending governmental agency that will have to be reined in if the United States is going to balance budgets and cut deficits. The agency? The DOD!
. . . when investigators determine the precise cause of the oil-rig explosion that threatens to poison huge swaths of the Gulf of Mexico, what they'll conclude is that something went catastrophically wrong with the work done by Halliburton.
Scholars have identified America's latest internet addiction — "war porn." That's what soldiers and academics call combat-footage videos of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan showing graphic violence and death.