M1A1 Abrams tanks sit parked at a secured compound at the Besmaya Combat Training Center. The last shipment of M1A1 Abrams tanks arrived mid-August completing the Government of Iraq's purchase of 140 tanks through a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the United States. 
— Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Edward Daileg

Exploiting War as a Way to Resuscitate a Waning U.S. Economy?

INTRODUCTION The mighty U.S. military industrial complex (MIC) continues to swell, particularly after two decade-long, trillion dollar wars and a post 9/11 world wrought with conflict. A 2012 CNBC report concluded that among the ten biggest U.S. government contractors, defense contractors secured a remarkable nine of the ten spots (Toscano, 2012). These mega-Fortune 500 companies […]

USS Fitzgerald launches missile in missile defense drill; Source: http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2012/10/25/largest-missile-defense-flight-test-in-history/

Part II: The Military-Industrial Complex Strikes Back: North Korea and War for Profit

Confirming B2Wire analysis from April 10, 2013, it appears that North Korea has put away its missiles and has now suddenly become a “non-threat.”  Not so ironically, the appearance and disappearance of the “imminent” threat North Korean missiles posed to the United States directly corresponded with the implementation of Sequestration and defense cuts and then […]

THAAD missile launch in 2005 
Source: http://www.mda.mil/

The Military-Industrial Complex Strikes Back: North Korea and War for Profit

Speaking in Washington on April 3, 2013, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. can’t afford to dismiss North Korean threats as bluster.  “It only takes being wrong once, and I don’t want to be the secretary of defense who was wrong once, so we will continue to take these threats seriously,” he said.[i]  Secretary […]