WJ Astore: How much money will satisfy America’s military-industrial complex? If $733 billion is a “floor,” or a bare minimum for national defense spending each year, how high is the ceiling?
The Military Industrial Complex is a term coined by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to describe the web of policies and monetary relationships between legislators, national armed forces, and the military industrial base. The articles in this category address the relationship between our legislators and the lucrative defense contract industry.
Tom Hastings: To create more jobs, to create more educational opportunities for our young people, vote for candidates who will cut military spending and increase education.
Brent Budowsky: Believers in freedom and democracy owe a profound debt to Defense Secretary Mattis, who towers above all others inside the Trump administration as a bulwark of the democratic alliance.
W.D. Ehrhart: Currently, the US military maintains 800 bases in 70 countries worldwide with US forces stationed in another 60 countries. What are we doing in all these places? Most Americans do not know, and do not care.
WJ Astore: The sober, sane, thing to do, according to military experts, is always to expand military spending.
Kristin Christman: What’s the use of all that science in developing weapons if there’s no science in evaluating the application of weapons to real world problems?
Does the fact that society struggles with defining an age of majority (i.e. legal adulthood) have implications on the ethical age at which someone should be deemed responsible and capable of being a member our nation’s military and projection of deadly force?
Lawrence Wittner: Although two out of three Americans oppose increasing Military spending, the U.S. government is boosting it to record levels.
Jaime O’Neill: Just one of Donald Trump’s golfing trips to his Mar a Lago property costs more than the annual budget for Meals on Wheels, the program Republican eliminated that delivered meals to low-income seniors.
WJ Astore: Ike knew that national safety shouldn’t be equated with military prowess; quite the reverse, as he warned us against the unchecked power of a burgeoning military-industrial-Congressional complex.
WJ Astore: Our military is suffering from rampant grade inflation. We are giving ourselves far too many trophies. When even the Marines fall prey to ribbon and medal proliferation, it’s not a good sign for future combat effectiveness.
William J. Astore: America is the world’s leader in drone technology, and the companies that have developed them see even bigger profits on the horizon if they can sell them to America’s allies around the globe.
WJ Astore: The 100 biggest arms producers accounted for $375 billion in weapons sales in 2016, with US firms having by far the largest share at $217 billion.