By William D. Hartung
While President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his recognized caution concerning the risks of the military-industrial advanced, he by no means might have dreamed unmarried corporation may perhaps acquire the type of strength and effect that's now wielded by way of Lockheed Martin. As a full-service guns maker, Lockheed Martin gets over $29 billion a 12 months in Pentagon contracts, or approximately one out of each ten funds the dep. of safety doles out to personal contractors. Prophets of War recounts the interesting and often-frightening background of America's greatest army contractor in addition to its function within the formation of international policy.
The corporation has produced secret agent satellites; helped the Pentagon acquire own info on U.S. electorate; supplied interrogators for employment at Guantanamo Bay; synthetic our highest-tech plane; and extra. It has additionally been embroiled in different scandals — from bribing officers within the Netherlands, Italy, and Japan in alternate for the acquisition of Lockheed airplanes within the Seventies, to the supply of $600 bathroom covers and $7,000 espresso makers to the Pentagon within the 1980s.
William D. Hartung's spell binding exposé chronicles the expansion of Lockheed Martin into probably the most influential businesses on this planet, and examines the pivotal position the corporate has had in America's metastasizing army business complicated. It asks: How has one corporation develop into the recipient of this sort of huge section of America's tax funds via contracts with the Pentagon, NASA, the dep. of native land safeguard, the dep. of power, the NSA, or even the U.S. Census and the IRS? Hartung's meticulous, hard-hitting background follows Lockheed Martin's meteoric progress and unravels how this fingers titanic has assisted in shaping U.S. international coverage for many years.
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Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex by William D. Hartung