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Posts Tagged ‘defense contractors

Myths of War and Combat

July 19, 2012

[America] conditions the poor and the working class to go to war. We promise them honor, status, glory, and adventure. We promise boys they will become men. We hold these promises up against the dead-end jobs of small-town life, the financial dislocations, credit card debt, bad marriages, lack of health insurance, and dread of unemployment. […]

U.S. Defense Contractors with record profits use tax havens to bypass U.S. taxes

February 16, 2010

It is no small irony that despite stark budget figures and an even bleaker future for the American working class, Washington Technology reported January 28 that the “29 largest publicly traded defense contractors increased their use of offshore subsidiaries by 26 percent from 2003 to 2008.” You would think these firms – the Military-Industrial-Security-Complex  –flush […]

U.S. Defense budget is 53 percent of discretionary spending

February 4, 2010

The Pentagon will be asking for a 7.1 percent increase in proposed defense spending, even as painful cuts are being administered in other fields. The budget line for defense stands at $708 billion, 53 percent of discretionary spending, eight times more than the next largest item, health and human services. Does that reflect America’s priorities? […]

Corporate mercenary armies

August 5, 2009

Empowered by their new found prominence, mercenary forces are increasing their presence on other battlefields: in Latin America, DynCorp International is operating in Colombia, Bolivia and other countries under the guise of the “war on drugs”. U.S. defense contractors are receiving nearly half the $630 million in U.S. military aid for Colombia. In Africa, mercenaries […]