My answer to Why is Trump saying the US military needs to be rebuilt?
Answer by Ken Larson:
The corporate arm of Military Industrial Complex (MIC) in the U.S is very powerful. It pays more in lobbying costs than it pays in taxes. It makes monumental political contributions. The military arm of the MIC consists of military officers and civil servants that make a career out of war and promoting threat scenarios.
The Military Industrial Complex of the Unites States passes on operating cost in the billions and they lobby the government to undertake incursions in order to sell supplies and services for just that reason.
Every major aerospace company from IBM to Lockheed Martin and Boeing has totally stand alone divisions that serve as cost centers and pursue monumental interests in the politics of government and the billions in service contracts that are outsourced there. This has gone on for years.
These companies routinely spend more in lobbying expenses than they pay in income taxes each year.
The interests of these firms is now changing slightly with Sequestration and many are making acquisitions and marketing services in the Health Care sectors or escalating their interests in civil aviation, education and other fields.
I watched this from the inside of many of these companies for 36 years. Here is my dissertation on that subject. You can read it on line at:(a free read on line and free download in Adobe)
See below for contract awards in 2010 to large enterprises
Top 10 Contractors FY 2010
1. LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION – $34,288,619,722
2. THE BOEING COMPANY 19,358,512,809
3. NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION 15,472,742,729
4. GENERAL DYNAMICS CORPORATION 14,903,216,900
5. RAYTHEON COMPANY 14,880,453,061
6. L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC. 7,629,644,919
7. UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION 7,330,023,190
8. OSHKOSH CORPORATION 7,197,520,183
9. SAIC, INC. 6,595,330,339
10. BAE SYSTEMS PLC 6,587,705,335
Eisenhower warned about the above in his last address to the American people. His words have become eerily prophetic:
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The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) consists of both the Pentagon and the contractors that serve it, their lobbying firms and the politicians who promote weapons systems, incursions and services to the government for profit and gain.
For further details and specific example of how the MIC has influenced our decision makers and contributed to the deaths of our finest youth, please see the following:
ABOUT THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
It is corrupt and driven by corporate influence:
It is broken and riddled with incompetence: