"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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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
Melvin A. Goodman served as a senior analyst and Division Chief at the CIA from 1966 to 1990. An expert on U.S. relations with Russia, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Harper's, and many others. He is author of six books on US intelligence and international security.
Table of ContentsNATIONAL INSECURITY: THE COST OF AMERICAN MILITARISM
INTRODUCTION TO NATIONAL INSECURITY: THE COST OF AMERICAN MILITARISM
CHAPTER I: PRESIDENT EISENHOWER'S LEGACY
CHAPTER II: PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH'S NEW WORLD ORDER
CHAPTER III: PRESIDENT CLINTON'S PROBLEMS WITH THE PENTAGON
CHAPTER IV: PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND THE LOST DECADE
CHAPTER V: PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FEAR OF THE PENTAGON
CHAPTER VI: THE PENTAGON'S GRIP ON INTELLIGENCE
CHAPTER VII: THE PENTAGON'S PHANTOM MISSILE DEFENSE
CHAPTER VIII: THE NEED TO REDUCE DEFENSE SPENDING
CHAPTER IX: VISION FOR LONG TERM CHANGE