Tag: military-industrial complex
One Man’s Waste Is Another Man’s Bonanza

In a recently released report, the Commission on Wartime Contracting concludes that waste and fraud have consumed at least $31 billion and perhaps as much as $60 billion of the $190 billion or so that the U.S. government has expended in grants and contracts with private individuals and companies for work in Iraq and Afghanistan since fiscal 2002. According to...
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Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex

A review of James Ledbetter, Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011. 268 pp. $26.00. On January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his final presidential speech, which turned out to be his most memorable by virtue of this warning: “In the councils...
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Robert Higgs Interviewed: The Expanding Pork for Military Pay and Towns

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs is interviewed by Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio on the widening gap between public and private sector pay, the increasing affluence of military towns compared with others, the disappearance of traditional checks on government power, and the predation and incremental “ratchet effect” of expanding governmental powers that increase...
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This Week in The Lighthouse: WikiLeaks, Right to Bear Arms, Trillion Dollar Foreign Policy, Venezuela

This week’s Lighthouse (available online here) touches on the WikiLeaks documents (Ivan Eland), the right to bear arms (Stephen Halbrook), the cost of U.S. foreign policy (Robert Higgs), and Hugo Chavez’s support of terrorists (Alvaro Vargas Llosa). Here are links to the individual items: Lessons from the WikiLeaks Docs Halbrook Lauded for Defense of...
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If Obama’s Speech Writers Wanted to Quote Eisenhower....

Obama’s speech writers were apparently unable to find a more meaningful quotation form Eisenhower than the unremarkable: “Each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs.” Of course, had they Googled for a few seconds they would have found Ike’s warning...
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Military-Contracting Waste, Fraud, and Abuse—Just What the Government Wants

According to a June 7, 2009, Associated Press report, In its first report to Congress, the Wartime Contracting Commission presents a bleak assessment of how tens of billions of dollars have been spent since 2001. The 111-page report, obtained by The Associated Press, documents poor management, weak oversight, and a failure to learn from...
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Now Playing: The Independent Review in State of Play

In State of Play, the new murder-mystery-thriller film set in the midst of the corruption of Washington politics, invasive war making, defense-contract cronyism, and the decline of print newspaper journalism, the Independent Institute’s quarterly journal, The Independent Review, is featured in numerous scenes. Based on the BBC’s hit 6-part miniseries, this Universal film stars...
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