Defense Contractors Venture into Health Care

Defense Contractors Venture into Health Care

The new champions of the Affordable Care Act are — so the Washington Post’s Business section reported last weekend — defense contractors? As their diet of military contracts gets leaner, the major feeders have been fattening up on new work helping to implement health...
Indefensible: The Truth about Pentagon Spending

Indefensible: The Truth about Pentagon Spending

Today, there’s a debate raging about the federal budget, our national spending priorities, and how best to protect our national security and our men and women on the front lines. With the U.S. war in Iraq officially over and our operations in Afghanistan drawing...
Lockheed Throws Its Weight Around (Again)

Lockheed Throws Its Weight Around (Again)

In Montgomery County, Maryland — just outside of Washington, DC — the county executive recently proposed, as a part of his annual budget, a no-strings-attached grant of $900,000 to Lockheed Martin, the largest military contractor in the world. Citizens of...
A Dagger Pointed at Maryland’s Peace Movement

A Dagger Pointed at Maryland’s Peace Movement

It’s “a dagger pointed directly at the heart of Montgomery County,” warned County Executive Ike Leggett. Huh? Was there a do-it-yourself bomb shop in Bethesda? An open sewer in Silver Spring? An organization dedicated to teaching kids in Chevy Chase...
Resolution against the Machine

Resolution against the Machine

Communities all over the United States are reeling from budget cuts. Military contractors, meanwhile, have remained fat and well-fed on the one part of federal spending that so far hasn’t been touched by budget-cutting fever: the Pentagon. One community recently...

No More Deals with Unscrupulous Government Contractors

The Pentagon reported in January that it had awarded more than $270 billion in contracts to companies found guilty of fraud, and millions more to companies suspended or debarred from federal contracting. The Defense Department didn’t seem too worried about these...
Review: Prophets of War

Review: Prophets of War

William Hartung’s Prophets of War is a scathing indictment of Lockheed Martin’s business practices, relationship with members of Congress and the executive branch, and seeming indifference to the forces of capitalism. Hartung does not hesitate to hammer...

Missile Defense Program Wasteful and Unnecessary

The sheer size of this year’s military budget defies comprehension, with almost half a trillion dollars going to Pentagon programs. But more money does not equal more security — as “missile defense,” the most expensive program of all,...