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“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex,” Eisenhower warned. “The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.”
The phrase that would emerge as the most enduring legacy of what became, arguably, the most famous farewell address since George Washington’s
The U.S. Department of Defense budget accounted in fiscal year 2010 for about 19% of the United States federal budgeted expenditures and 28% of estimated tax revenues. Including non-DOD expenditures, defense spending was approximately 28–38% of budgeted expenditures and 42–57% of estimated tax revenues
The China Lake Way, more formally known as Principles of Operation, was created in the late 1940s through the leadership of Vannevar Bush. The core principle of the China Lake Way was the partnership between civilian and military workers. "... make clear that civilian scientists worked in partnership with the military, not in subordination to it. The principles also made clear that top leadership was shared between a commander and a technical director, rather than having one report to the other."
Through this unique partnership a technical director and navy commander shared joint leadership of China Lake. These core principles provided the leadership during the early days of China Lake. The China Lake way of operations allowed flexibility thereby creating an environment where innovative weapons were developed quickly. "This highly effective leadership team is widely credited with providing the bureaucratic buffer which allowed the scientists and engineers at China Lake the flexibility needed to develop and deliver innovative products at unprecedented rates."
Through the years the China Lake Way, or operations model, has eroded. The principles were established in 1946; minor changes were made in 1955; followed by major changes in 1974. It was in 1974 when the military was placed in charge of the civilian workforce. In 1976 the China Lake principles of operation were eliminated. By 1980, the principles were rewritten but not reissued and in 1985 the China Lake Way was adopted as "operating principles."
For some years past I have managed to make the capitalist class pay me several pounds a week for writing books against capitalism. But I do not delude myself that this state of affairs is going to last forever ...
President Obama has recently threatened to rescind the "blank check" the Bush administration offered to big defence contractors. So now is the time when all that planning by Lockheed Martin and the other major arms manufacturers comes into play. One of that company's major weapons systems, the F-22 Raptor, is potentially on the chopping block. How convenient then that, in the midst of an economic meltdown, Lockheed just happens to have more than 1,000 parts suppliers for that jet carefully scattered across 44 states, all of which, as far as I know, have representatives in Congress. This is pretty typical.
In the Introduction
...A view is often expressed that the military budget is a cornerstone of the U.S. economy. The Pentagon is often said to be a major underwriter of, and stimulus to, important technical innovations. It is also often cited as a major employer, providing good jobs—jobs that are stable and at least decently paid—to millions of Americans.
In the Conclusion
...The U.S. government now operates with a military budget of nearly $600 billion per year. This is a 66 percent increase (in real dollars) relative to the level of spending in 2000. It amounts to 4.4 percent of GDP. An expenditure level of this magnitude will necessarily have a major impact in establishing the country’s policy priorities and overall economic trajectory. We have shown what are the employment effects of spending on the military in contrast with five domestic spending categories. Specifically, we have shown that spending on personal consumption, health care, education, mass transit, and construction for home weatherization and infrastructure repair all create more jobs per $1 billon in expenditures relative to military spending.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." - Martin Luther King Jr.
The post exchange (PX) is the largest military exchange in south eastern Europe and contains all the necessities and more that someone may need while in Kosovo, including TVs, phones, books, DVDs, CDs, small furniture, video games, computers, clothes, shoes, food, and more, all in its two story building. The base also has, arguably, the best hospital in Kosovo; a movie theater; one gym; two recreation buildings that have phones, computers with internet connection, pool tables, video games and more;
The Laura Bush education center where classes are offered through the University of Maryland University College and Central Texas College; two cappuccino bars, a Burger King, Taco Bell, and an Anthony's Pizza pizzeria; one barber shops; one laundry facilities employing local nationals who do the laundry for those living on base; one press shops; a sewing shop; My Thai massage shops employing mostly Thai women who conduct various massages and are regulated by military officials;
Americans do not want to pay $10-$15 dollars per gallon of gas at the pump. They are much more willing to pay income taxes to the military industrial complex so that America can have huge bases all over the world.
The post exchange (PX) is the largest military exchange in south eastern Europe and contains all the necessities and more that someone may need while in Kosovo, including TVs, phones, books, DVDs, CDs, small furniture, video games, computers, clothes, shoes, food, and more, all in its two story building. The base also has, arguably, the best hospital in Kosovo; a movie theater; one gym; two recreation buildings that have phones, computers with internet connection, pool tables, video games and more
The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (commonly known as the Interstate Highway System, Interstate Freeway System or the Interstate) is a network of limited-access roads including freeways, highways, and expressways forming part of the National Highway System of the United States of America.
Eisenhower gained an appreciation of the German Autobahn network as a necessary component of a national defense system while he was serving as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II.
As one of the components of the National Highway System, Interstate Highways improve the mobility of military troops to and from airports, seaports, rail terminals, and other military bases. Interstate Highways also connect to other roads that are a part of the Strategic Highway Network, a system of roads identified as critical to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Originally posted by Cosmic911
This is typical of any military base. I don't think this is the issue. If you were stationed somewhere overseas I don't think video games, clothes, shoes, food, tvs, phones, or DVDs is too much to ask. The billions spent on F-22's and the iconic $500 hammers is the issue. The politicians claiming America is at risk because a president proposes a $30 billion dollar reduction in the defense budget is the problem. Lobbyists and special interest groups are a problem.
Camp Bondsteel and America’s plans to control Caspian oil
By Paul Stuart
29 April 2002
Camp Bondsteel, the biggest “from scratch” foreign US military base since the Vietnam War is near completion in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo. It is located close to vital oil pipelines and energy corridors presently under construction, such as the US sponsored Trans-Balkan oil pipeline. As a result defence contractors—in particular Halliburton Oil subsidiary Brown & Root Services—are making a fortune.
Originally posted by geobro
strange warning comeing from a man who ordered the death of MILLIONS . of germans after ww2 in interment camps chech it out on www .rense .com must have got scared by something
Originally posted by Cosmic911
Anytime a president threatens to reduce the defense budget any number of politicians run to the MSM and declare that our National Security is at risk. John McCain is doing that right now..."American interests are at risk..." Blah Blah Blah...sit down and shut up!