National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism

National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism

by Melvin A. Goodman

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"Mel Goodman has spent the last few decades telling us what's gone wrong with American intelligence and the American military, and now, in National Insecurity, he tells us what we must do to change the way the system works, and how to fix it. Goodman is not only telling us how to save wasted billions—he is also telling us how to save ourselves."—Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker

Upon leaving the White House in 1961, President Eisenhower famously warned Americans about the dangers of a "military industrial complex," and was clearly worried about the destabilizing effects of a national economy based on outsized investments in military spending. As more and more Americans fall into poverty and the global economy spirals downward, the United States is spending more on the military than ever before. What are the consequences and what can be done?

Melvin A. Goodman, a twenty-four-year veteran of the CIA, brings peerless authority to his argument that US military spending is indeed making Americans poorer and less secure while undermining our political standing in the world. Drawing from his firsthand experience with war planners and intelligence strategists, Goodman offers an insider's critique of the US military economy from President's Eisenhower's farewell warning to Barack Obama's expansion of the military's power. He outlines a much needed vision for how to alter our military policy, practices and spending in order to better position the United States globally and enhance prosperity and security at home.

Melvin A. Goodman is the Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy. A former professor of international security at the National War College and an intelligence adviser to strategic disarmament talks in the 1970s, he is the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed The Failure of Intelligence.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780872865891
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C. and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. He has been a senior analyst at the CIA and the State Department as well as a professor of international security at the National War College and an intelligence adviser to strategic disarmament talks in the 1970s. He has authored several works, his most recent is the critically acclaimed The Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA

Table of Contents

Introduction: American Militarism, Costs and Consequences 9

1 President Eisenhower's Legacy 27

2 President George H.W. Bush's New World Order 63

3 Clinton's Problems with the Pentagon 103

4 Bush's Surrender to the Pentagon 143

5 President Obama's Deference to the Military 193

6 The Pentagon's Grip on the Intelligence Community 239

7 The Pentagon's Phantom Missile Defense 277

8 Defense Spending: Eisenhower's "Cross of Iron" 315

9 What Needs to Be Done 369

Endnotes 417

Index 433

About the Author 455

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