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Military Industrial Complex

Cut the Defense Budget, Please!

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Patrick Takahashi

Agreement was reached on the debt ceiling crisis. Big deal, facetiously and, also, actually, for the Republicans actually agreed to cuts in the defen...

The Absent Commander-in-Chief: Who's in Charge Here?

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Curtis Roosevelt

A wartime president has many responsibilities, one of the most important of which is to know why America is at war while clearly conveying those reasons to our citizens. That is patently not the case today.

End of the Military-Industrial Complex?

Christopher Holshek | Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Change is coming, but we may choose once again to get in our own way. As with most of the cuts, legislators didn't have to cry too loud about defense because those cuts (related to the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) are coming anyway.

Lockheed Martin Puts In Place Voluntary Layoff Program

Posted 09.19.2011 | Business

Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), the Pentagon's No. 1 defense supplier by sales, put in place a voluntary layoff program for its corporate headquarters a...

The Military as a Jobs Program: There Are More Efficient Ways to Stimulate an Economy

Ellen Brown | Posted 08.23.2011 | Business
Ellen Brown

The half of the budget now going to military pursuits could be better spent. If we are going to double exports in the next five years, as President Obama has pledged, we will need to divert some of the resources poured down the black hole of war to productive civilian industry.

A Job for Everyone: Democracy in America

Pam Spritzer | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics
Pam Spritzer

Fourteen million Americans were unemployed in May. All the while, corporations rake in record profits. This disconnect between public need and public policy is causing widespread suffering. Why isn't our government serving us, and what can we do?

Want Better Income Equality? Raise Taxes.

Dan Sweeney | Posted 07.24.2011 | Home
Dan Sweeney

Among developing and developed nations, the countries with the worst income equality are the ones with the lowest tax burden.

Guns and Butter

Daniel Krotz | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Daniel Krotz

Ever since the Reagan administration both liberal and conservative members of Congress have shared the belief, if for different reasons, that military...

Ike's Most Prescient Insight 50 Years Ago Went Unspoken

Stanley Weiss | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Stanley Weiss

The military-industrial complex phrase is nearly always quoted out of the context of the speech. Eisenhower was neither condemning nor praising the military-industrial complex. He was making a much deeper point.

Libya and Liberals: Confessions of a Minion of the Military-Industrial Complex

Dr. Jonathan David Farley | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jonathan David Farley

If I were the Secret Service, I'd be investigating me about now. There is a 2006 photo of me sitting next to Senator Ted Kennedy, Congresswoman Jo An...

The Drone-ification of America

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The U.S. has a history of commandeering military technology for use against Americans. Now the drones, remote-controlled aircrafts that have been used extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan, are coming home to domestic airspace.

A Vortex of Death and Wealth

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Whatever the considerations behind NATO/U.S. intervention in Libya, a larger force utterly indifferent to both unites tyrant and rescuer and keeps the world tangled in an endless cycle of violence.

Wisconsinites Strike the First Blow

Jim Worth | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

The Supreme Court election in Wisconsin was the first battle in a protracted fight for democracy. Wisconsin voters, angered by recent political devel...

Meltdown: Unsafe at Any Screed

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Randall Amster

The incisive logic of Ralph Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed applies equally to nuclear power -- and furthermore, to the workings of the military-industrial complex with which it is intimately intertwined.

The Koepenick Syndrome: Is the United States the New Prussia?

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Franz-Stefan Gady

Military leaders have long held a Prussian-like prestige in the United States.

Afghanistan: The Endless War

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

There are generals and Secretaries of Defense who love war and those who don't. Eisenhower, both general and President, in his farewell speech in 196...

The Second-Hand Draft

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp

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Robert Gates' Epiphany and the Fate of Public Education

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Mike Klonsky

Another big toll is being extracted from our system of public education in the form of massive school closings and teacher firings amid a cultural assault on teachers and and their unions.

Are House GOP Freshmen Seriously Interested In Cutting the Defense Budget?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

By Nick Schwellenbach, crossposted with POGO There is no shortage of headlines with a variation on a theme such as: "Tea Party Declares War on Milita...

American "Exceptionalism" Led By Example, Not Simply Force

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Peck

American exceptionalism splinters, and does so quickly, when we move from serving as a shining example for others to follow, and instead turn toward enforcing our will and our way of life on the world.

My Favorite Republican

Donald Kaul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Kaul

Dwight Eisenhower was the last American president able to look the military-industrial complex in the eye and make it blink. For that, if for nothing else, we should honor him and remember his words.

JSF Likely Far More Expensive Than Aircraft They're Replacing

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Cross-posted on POGO's blog. This morning, veteran defense aerospace reporter Bill Sweetman took a look at the different unit costs of F-35 Joint Stri...

America to its Military-Industrial Complex: Happy Valentine's Day!

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

An 18-day peaceful revolution has just toppled Egypt's 30-year Mubarak dictatorship. As the free-falling government dispatched American-made F-16s to...

Made in the USA

Democracy Now! | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Democracy Now!

The United States has given billion dollars of military aid to Egypt over the last decades. Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Electric have provided tanks, missiles, engines and more to the Hosni Mubarak regime.

Capital's War Against WikiLeaks

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Levine

When your Swiss banker throws you overboard, you know you've made some very powerful enemies. Long famed for hiding money for everyone from Nazis and...