John McCain and the Lockheed-Martin have been behaving in ways that parallel each other. That could be explained by their common political objectives, or by a separate action by McCain that was only recently uncovered by some watchdogs. It's question time.
The defense industry and its Republican allies in Congress are up in arms -- metaphorically speaking, of course -- over the possibility that an agreement which the GOP signed might actually take effect as agreed.
The old John McCain had an independent streak, bucking his party on issues like campaign finance reform and fighting Pentagon pork. Unfortunately, the old John McCain is fading from view just when the country needs him most.
Wednesday Lockheed Martin delivered the last of 187 F-22 Raptor fighter jets to the U.S. Air Force. The roll out prompted executives to describe the plane as "the baddest bird on the planet" and "an icon of American power." The facts suggest otherwise.
This week, the three military contractors that do the most business with the Pentagon announced their quarterly profits for 2012. Their profits continue to grow while they push Washington, D.C. to protect their budgets at the expense of the rest of us.
After more than six months in port, the USS Freedom has only been out to sea twice this year, and during both trips the engines and other key equipment failed. This is a far cry from what the Navy has been telling taxpayers.
Let's face it: the weapons we sell to others pale in comparison to the weapons we sell to ourselves. Americans have a love affair with them, the more high-tech and expensive, the better. I should know. After all, I'm a recovering weapons addict.
Fifty-one years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued his final, prescient warning about the rising power of the military industrial complex. Eisenhower was right to be worried. We're living in his nightmare.