Military Industrial Complex

By: John on September 2, 2015
John inquired about the $1 trillion nuclear weapons modernization program and mentioned Robert Civiak’s view that it is a complete waste and that our present deterrent is more than enough for now and the foreseeable future. Kasich’s reply was unhesitating, and tough. “I disagree."
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Will the next president expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal? If defense contractors have their way, the answer is yes. But grassroots activists are determined to change that. 

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By: Olivia Zink on August 28, 2015
Standing outside Concord Camera, George Pataki said we have to break up the control over the country held by powerful interests. He favors banning members of Congress from becoming lobbyists and a simpler tax code. As for illegal lobbying by Sandia Labs, he said he's not surprised.
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By: John on August 21, 2015
Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker made a campaign appearance at One Mile West in Sunapee, N.H., on August 20, 2015 and answered John's question about the DOE's inspector general citing Lockheed-Martin for illegally used taxpayer money to lobby for more nuclear weapons contracts. Walker called for increasing military spending, but said he'd set up a commission to study waste, fraud, and corruption.
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By: John on August 20, 2015
Jeb Bush agreed that there is a lot of waste in defense procurement and cited the F-35 as an example (not that he opposes it as a weapons system). He also stated that procurement reform is a must, and added that he’d look into requiring performance bonds from defense contractors.
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By: Kevin Rutledge on August 17, 2015
Carly Fiorina Iowa State Fair Corporate Cronyism Military Industrial Complex 8-17-15
While walking to eat Iowa Sweet Corn during the Iowa State Fair, Carly Fiorina is asked about crony capitalism in the military industrial complex where military officials go through the revolving door into the private sector and receive more government contracts. Fiorina says we need to have “strongest military on the face of the planet” and we need to reform bureaucracy and crony capitalism within the military and Defense department, but doesn’t say how.
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By: Arnie Alpert on August 5, 2015

Big corporations stand to make billions of dollars from a new generation of nuclear weapons and the missiles, bombers, and submarines that would deliver them to their targets.  

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By: Elizabeth on August 4, 2015
Scott Walker at Theo's Pizza
I asked Scott Walker about what we can do to ensure our foreign policy reflects the interests of people and not corporations. He deflected the question and spoke about keeping our troops safe. I brought the conversation to restaurant patrons and news reporters.
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By: Curtis C. Smith on August 3, 2015
After his Aug. 1 talk, I asked Sanders: "Lockheed has been recycling taxpayer dollars to lobby for more nuclear weapons contracts. What steps would you take to make sure the nation's security policy is not driven by Lockheed's profit motives?" His quick response: "strong lobbying legislation."
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By: Olivia Zink on July 31, 2015
Bernie Sanders cites Eisenhower's warning about the power of the Military Industrial Complex and calls for the end to the revolving door between high military offices and jobs lobbying for corporations that make weapons.
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