Odyssey of Armaments: My Journey Through the Defense Industrial Complex

Odyssey of Armaments: My Journey Through the Defense Industrial Complex

by Ken Larson


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Odyssey of Armaments: My Journey Through the Defense Industrial Complex by Ken Larson

A first person account by a Bronze Star decorated Vietnam Veteran of a 36-year career in the US Military Industrial Complex (MIC) working on 25 large scale weapons systems in 12 corporations and 16 foreign countries.

This book details the inside workings of Pentagon Procurement from Vietnam to Iraq.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434895417
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2007
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

In 1968, I came home from serving two US Army tours in Vietnam, having been awarded five medals, including a Bronze Star. During my second tour I acquired post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Treatment would not become available for either ailment until the mid to late 1970's. Returning to the University of Minnesota at Morris, I found that most of my former classmates were either facing the military draft or were violently against the war. I was not their favorite person.

Moving to Minneapolis, I began a career in the Military Industrial Complex that would span over three decades. I thought that through working on defense systems, I could contribute to weapons that the next generation would take to war. Given a clearly defined mission and the best armaments and systems in the world, I believed that another Vietnam could be avoided for the American soldier. In pursuit of this goal I participated in the design, development and production of 25 large scale weapons systems under federal government and foreign military sales contracts.

I worked in several different disciplines for the companies that produced these weapons, negotiating and controlling the associated contracts with procurement agencies in the US armed forces and in 16 allied countries. I found that accepting extreme challenges and succeeding at them became a way to displace PTSD and elevate depressive moods.

For extended periods of time this method of self-management led to a satisfying, although somewhat adventurous and diversified life until I was forced by illness to retire in 2005. My last 11 years were spent with defense companies in Washington D.C.

This book is an account of my career in the Defense Industrial complex from the Vietnam era to the present.

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