Tag Archives: Lockheed Martin

The Arms Trade Is Intensifying Under Trump, by Peter Castagno

The global arms trade is experiencing its greatest boom since the Cold War, fueled by horrific wars in the Middle East and revitalized power rivalries among China, Russia and the United States.

See Which Companies Make Billions from Selling Weapons Around the World

Private companies building and selling guns is not the same thing as the government encouraging their use in other nations’ war zones, but President Eisenhower’s prescient warning is great food for thought.

The Pentagon Budget as Corporate Welfare for Weapons Makers | Tomgram: William Hartung

In translation, they’re telling Congress that they have more money than even they can spend in the time allotted.

Polly Mann | Of Cabbages and Kings

There is no question that the United States has the biggest, strongest, costliest armaments in the world and it devises the rules by which other nations use or display their ships, troops, and arms.

Rockets’ Red Glare and Bombs Bursting in Air by John LaForge

Every child killed or maimed by US-made weapons inevitably creates enemies among survivors.

Washington Post Keeps Running Op-Eds by Lobbyists Pushing Their Clients’ Weapons

Weapons manufacturers Lockheed Martin and Raytheon were promoted, with articles naming North Korea as a particular threat and reason to augment weapons systems.

Polly Mann | Top of the Charts

How have the five largest U.S. defense firms fared over the past five years? Their stock is up an average of 220 percent.

Jonathan Marshall: US Arms Makers Invest in a New Cold War

As Lee Fang observed recently in The Intercept, “The escalating anti-Russian rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign comes in the midst of a major push by military contractors to position Moscow as a potent enemy that must be countered with a drastic increase in military spending by NATO countries.”

John LaForge | Undeterred: Amid Terror Attacks in Europe, US H-bombs Still Deployed There

William Hartung, a Fellow at the Center for International Policy, reports that major weapons contractors like Bechtel and Boeing reap huge profits from weapons upgrades. Lockheed Martin “gets two bites at the apple”…

Wm. D. Hartung: How Not to Audit the Pentagon

Why has waste at the Pentagon been so hard to rein in? The answer is, in a sense, not complicated: the military-industrial complex profits from waste. Closer scrutiny of waste could mean not just cheaper spare parts, but serious questions about whether cash cows like the F-35 are needed at all. An accurate head count of the hundreds of thousands of private contractors employed by the Pentagon would reveal that a large proportion of them are doing work that is either duplicative or unnecessary.

Lee Fang: Military Contractors Behind New Pressure Group Targeting Presidential Candidates

A look at the list of people and military manufacturing corporations involved says it all.

Lobbying: Statistics and Trends, especially Defense

Center for Responsive Politics  OpenSecrets.org Editor’s Note: A good website to know about.  A lot of data on lobbying available.   Lobbying Database   In addition to campaign contributions to elected officials and candidates, companies, labor unions, and other organizations spend billions of dollars each year to lobby Congress and federal agencies. Some special interests […]

Nova faulted for failing to disclose funder’s interest in drones

NOVA faulted for failing to disclose funder’s interest in drones By Elizabeth Jensen  Current.org, March 18, 2013 Editor’s Notes:  If you have not seen it, this PBS program is an extremely slick propaganda piece for the use of military drones, those that carry the bombs and are being used by the CIA to kill civilians […]

Timothy Gatto> Ashamed to be an American

Ashamed to be an American By Timothy V. Gatto  Tuesday, 12 March 2013  MWCNews What in the world is going on in the west? I’m talking about Europe and America and all the players in the Middle East and Africa. The entire scenario smells like rotten fish (more like decaying bodies). I’m tired of holding my tongue […]

Nick Turse, Tomgram: Jeremiah Goulka, C-130 Math and a Cargo of Pork

Tomgram: Jeremiah Goulka, C-130 Math and a Cargo of Pork Posted by Jeremiah Goulka at 8:54am, March 10, 2013  TomDispatch.com Bipartisanship in Washington is a rare thing these days.  However, no beltway battle in recent memory has been quite as partisan as the one over sequestration and its $85 billion in across-the-board government spending cuts.  Yet, for all the […]

Panetta Dead Wrong on War Spending

  Watch the Video | Share It With Your Friends Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is flagrantly advocating for war profiteers at the expense of real security for the American people. He’s trying to browbeat Congress and other officials into continuing to send huge sums of our money to war profiteers who are killing jobs and ripping off the taxpayer. Our […]

TWISTED UP BY A SUPER COUP D’ETAT, by Bruce Gagnon

TWISTED UP BY A SUPER COUP D’ETAT By Bruce K. Gagnon (about the author) opednews.com\ The Boston Globe had a blaring headline on August 15: ‘Doomsday’ defense cuts directly affect panel members – Large military contractors are in their states. Put your ear to the railroad tracks and you can hear the train coming. Now that the new 12-member […]