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Posts Tagged ‘defense

The staggering billion dollar defense industry

December 10, 2011

The US government spent a staggering $US687 billion on “defense” last year. Think what could be done with that money if it were put into hospitals, schools or to pay off foreclosed mortgages. The US, under George W. Bush, decided to privatize the invasion of Iraq by employing “contractors” such as the Blackwater company, now […]

US Military contracting swindles

September 7, 2011

After three years, the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting completed its business this week. In its final report to Congress (PDF), it estimates that the federal government has lost between $31 and $60 billion to contractor fraud and waste since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq started. Its “greatest-hits list” of expensive bloopers make that […]

The extraordinary prestige of the military-industrial-congressional complex or Iron Triangle

January 18, 2011

Fifty years ago, President Eisenhower warned of the danger of the “military-industrial complex”. The huge budget and reach of America’s modern defense industry has proved him correct. Adjusted for inflation, US national security spending has more than doubled since Eisenhower left office. Year after year, the defence budget seems to rise – irrespective of whether […]

U.S. Defense Spending Far Outpaces Rest of the World

May 31, 2010

The United States continues to lead the world in defense spending, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centre for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, a U.S.-based non-partisan research organization. In fact, the U.S outspends Russia, the next highest spender, by more than 800 percent. The U.S. defense budget is 15 times that of […]

Military Comparisons between the U.S. and Iran

April 22, 2010

One of the more remarkable features about the endless drumbeat of alarm about Iran is that it pays virtually no attention to Iran’s actual capabilities, and rests on all sorts of worst case assumptions about Iranian behavior. Consider the following facts, most of them courtesy of the 2010 edition of The Military Balance, published annually […]

America “approaching spiritual death”

February 24, 2010

Martin Luther King observed that “a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” The US now has a debt of about $66 trillion, five times the GDP and double the national wealth. This debt is largely a result of […]