MILITARY and VETERANS AFFAIRS

The Military-Industrial Complex                     

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HELADA recognizes the wisdom of former President Dwight Eisenhower in warning against the excesses of a 'military-industrial complex'. With the clarity of hindsight, we perceive that this complex has grown to constitute a substantial component of the US economy.

Now, in the early 21st century, the influence of arms development, manufacture and sales drives US foreign policy to the role of empire building. This is against all the US has stood for in the past and must end now.

  • End the use of private contractors, and bring all military, security and logistics operations back under direct control of the Armed Services.

  • Increase Congressional oversight of military expenditures.

  • End pork-barrel considerations by equally distributing military bases and training facilities among the states.

  • Increase scrutiny of foreign military aid and the governments to which it is given.

  • Enact legislation to prohibit 'revolving door' career moves between government agencies and arms providers.

Read more on the military-industrial complex:

President Dwight Eisenhower's farewell speech Jan 17, 1961 (YouTube, pt 1)

Why We Fight Eugene Jarecki, 2005 trailer for DVD, SonyClassics

HELADA views in more detail:

The War in Iraq, Afghanistan etc

Supporting the Troops

The Military-Industrial Complex 

 

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FOCAL POINTS

Economy

Recommended  comparison
military vs domestic spending
Progressive States Network
August, 2009