The Modern Military-Industrial Complex

William Hartung discusses Prophets of War


What will surprise readers?

The arc of the company. The fact that they started out as a couple of brothers in a garage. They grew to be the biggest weapons contractor in history. And through that history, they seem to be involved in many of the most difficult—and, in some cases, corrupt—practices of the industry.

What would Eisenhower say about the military-industrial complex today?

He'd be amazed that you have a company like Lockheed Martin. Military spending is twice what it was under Eisenhower. I don't know if we've made enough progress in terms of the public understanding of it. He talked about how you need an alert, knowledgeable citizenry to sort of keep this arms establishment in its place.

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