Grand Theft Pentagon: How War Contractors Rip Off America and Threaten the World / Edition 1

Grand Theft Pentagon: How War Contractors Rip Off America and Threaten the World / Edition 1

by Jeffrey St. Clair
     
 

“Jeffrey St. Clair is the Seymour Hersh of environmental journalism.”—Josh Frank

From the F-22 fighter jet and B-2 bomber to the Stryker tank and Star Wars, Grand Theft Pentagon chronicles how the Pentagon shells out billions to politically wired arms contractors for weapons that don’t work for use against an enemy that no

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“Jeffrey St. Clair is the Seymour Hersh of environmental journalism.”—Josh Frank

From the F-22 fighter jet and B-2 bomber to the Stryker tank and Star Wars, Grand Theft Pentagon chronicles how the Pentagon shells out billions to politically wired arms contractors for weapons that don’t work for use against an enemy that no longer exists. St. Clair shows how many of the biggest arms contracts were literally inside jobs, negotiated by Pentagon generals who later went to work for the very same corporations that were awarded the contracts.

The co-founder of Counterpunch and author of Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green to Me: The Politics of Nature, Jeffrey St. Clair lives in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567513363
Publisher:
Common Courage Press
Publication date:
07/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1The duke and the enterprise14
2Bush was offered Bin Laden, but wanted a war22
3How to sell a war27
4No bid, no sweat37
5Contract casino41
6Torture air, incorporated46
7High plains grifter53
8How Bush won (and lost) his wings85
9They call him star child : Rumsfeld and star wars96
10Meet Rumsfeld's enforcer : Stephen Cambone102
11The senator most likely to start a nuclear war : John McCain108
12King of the hill : Ted Stevens' empire116
13Sticky fingers : the making of Halliburton125
14Lockheed and loaded : the company that runs the empire149
15Straight to Bechtel : "more powerful than the US army"158
16The saga of Magnequench171
17When war is swell : the crusades of the Carlyle Group175
18Boeing and nothingness179
19The F-22 : Tiffany's on wings209
21Haywire : the new navy fighter bombs test216
22The predator : flying blind219
23Use 'em or lose 'em : tiny nukes are better nukes221
24Patriot Gore : the fatal flaws in the patriot missile225
25Attack of the hog killers : why the generals hate the A-10229
26My corporation tis of thee : the general, GM and the Stryker233
27Hey brother can you spare a million? : how Neil Bush succeeded in business without really trying236
28It's a family affair : Uncle Buck makes a killing244
29Bunker busters and city levelers248
30How to restart the arms race in the name of saving the world254
31Of Sibbers and penetration aids258
32Star wars comes to Alaska261
33Treaty's end267
34Star wars goes online...crashes270
Closing statement : looting by contract274

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