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MIC at work: Defense Contractors Cite “Benefits” of Escalating Conflicts

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posted on Dec, 5 2015 @ 06:34 PM
Defense Contractors Cite “Benefits” of Escalating Conflicts in the Middle East

The Military-Industrial Complex was at full swing at a recent Credit Suisse conference, gloating at how well it is profiting from war. Is the hidden hand behind US foreign policy becoming increasingly brazen?

Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh, and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a Credit Suisse conference in West Palm Beach this week that they stand to gain from the escalating conflicts in the Middle East.

Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President Bruce Tanner told the conference his company will see “indirect benefits” from the war in Syria, citing the Turkish military’s recent decision to shoot down a Russian warplane.

Wilson Jones (president of the defense manufacturer Oshkosh):

“with the ISIS threat growing,” there are more countries interested in buying Oshkosh-made M-ATV armored vehicles. Speaking about a recent business trip to the Middle East, Jones said countries there “want to mechanize their infantry corps.”

Tom Kennedy (Raytheon CEO):

“a significant uptick” for “defense solutions across the board in multiple countries in the Middle East.” Noting that he had met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Kennedy said, “It’s all the turmoil they have going on, whether the turmoil’s occurring in Yemen, whether it’s with the Houthis, whether it’s occurring in Syria or Iraq, with ISIS.”

Bruce Tanner (Lockheed Martin):

...defense spending, just $5 billion down from the Pentagon’s request, which DefenseNews called a “treat” for the industry.

“Our programs are well supported [in the budget],” said Lockheed’s Tanner at the conference. “We think we did fare very well.”


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