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Publishers WeeklyEven in tragic times, someone always profits; in this exposé from author, scientist and anti-organized crime activist Uesseler, he looks at the private military firms that benefit quite directly from war-the messier, the better. The author ably details the ways these companies seek out business, such as the way Lockheed Martin subsidiary MPRI benefits from its parent company's close ties with the Pentagon: "Although the industry enjoyed near-total employment thanks to the 'war on terror'... companies themselves began looking for new threats to U.S. interests." With help from lobbyists and a number of interests lining up for their share-arms manufacturers, technology developers-private militias and their partners have manufactured Pentagon dependence on their equipment and expertise: "The arms industry had pushed these developments to the point where no weapons other than light arms could be used without the industry's proprietary electronic systems and IT networks." Uesseler effectively shows how these companies have solidified their grip on profits, using war as their business model. Unfortunately, Uesseler's style is textbook-dry, but his reporting is compelling and sure.
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