Lawrence Wittner: If military spending were increased to $690 billion and other areas were cut to fund this increase, the military would receive roughly 63 percent of the U.S. government’s discretionary spending.
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.
Lawrence Wittner: America’s major military rivals, China and Russia, spend only a small fraction of what the United States does on its armed forces―in China’s case about a third and in Russia’s case about a ninth.
Gareth Porter: President Obama, with his characteristic diffidence, has announced his “liberation” from the Washington foreign-policy “playbook,” but the national security elite is already striking back. Obama Foreign Policy Break
Lawrence Wittner: Although President Obama began his administration with a dramatic public commitment to build a nuclear weapons-free world, that commitment has long ago dwindled and died. US Nuclear Arsenal
John LaForge: Is a self-inflicted nuclear weapon disaster the only way to force the military to turn the nuclear pistols away from our heads and put the safety on?
Joseph Palermo: By presenting the contours of Allen Dulles’s life and his everlasting imprint on the nature of the CIA in a cogent and highly readable way, David Talbot offers us a new and sophisticated analysis of America’s secret Cold War history.
Robert Koehler: The cause of global nuclear disarmament, once a dream with geopolitical cred, may wind up entombed in eternal apathy.
JP Sotille: US officials never miss an opportunity to talk about “pivoting” its wildly-popular Global War on Terror to a new effort in Asia.
Rosemary Jenkins: Snowden fled as soon as it was clear that the government wanted to question him. A hero would have stood his ground and defended his actions and explicated his reasoning.
Brent Budowsky: It is equally significant that a long list of highest level national security members of the president’s Cabinet have believed and made it publicly known — correctly, in my opinion — that certain members of the White House staff have repeatedly and aggressively intervened in the conduct of security policy in ways that are detrimental to our security interests.
Lawrence Wittner: Taxpayers, particularly, might be concerned about the unprecedented expense of this new submarine fleet. According to most estimates, building the 12 SSBN(X) submarines will cost about $100 billion.
Lawrence Wittner: The lengthy and costly Vietnam War led to a humiliating defeat for the United States — not because the U.S. government lacked enormous military advantages, but because, ultimately, the determination of the Vietnamese to gain control of their own country proved more powerful than U.S. weaponry.
Ivan Eland: Senator Feinstein—who, as chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, is supposed to oversee and rein in spy agencies—is leading this charge in the wrong direction.