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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ISBN-13: 9780872865952
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 02/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
File size: 729 KB

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 Contents

NATIONAL 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

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