Understanding the War Industry

Understanding the War Industry

by Christian Sorensen
Understanding the War Industry

Understanding the War Industry

by Christian Sorensen


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Stunning in its research and analytical perspective, Understanding the War Industry exposes how the war industry commands the other two sides of the military-industrial-congressional triangle, and is consuming the American economy in the process.

This book lays bare the multiple levers enabling the vast and proliferating war industry to wield undue influence, exploiting financial and legal structures, while co-opting Congress and the media. Spiked with insights into how corporate boardrooms view the troops, overseas bases, and warzones, it assiduously documents how corporations profit by providing a myriad of goods and services to such sectors of war-making as design, production and servicing of advanced weaponry, drones and nukes; invasive information technology; space-based weapons; and special operations—with contracts stuffed with ongoing and proliferating developmental, tertiary and maintenance products for all of it.

It names the names—individuals and corporations—that weld it all together.

War-related spending permeates the U.S. economy, masquerading as patriotism, national security and troop protection. No geographic or economic sector remains untouched. Even large swaths of U.S. academia succumb to the gravy train, diverted from the pursuit of knowledge that might otherwise benefit humanity.

Foreign governments provide a major source of revenue for U.S. war corporations. Their sales generate a military buildup worldwide, turning state leaders into blatant arms pushers, and requiring global threat-mongering and outright war to justify the vast expense.

Understanding the War Industry serves as both an authoritative textbook, and an unparalleled resource to galvanize public protest at the carnage and the waste that leaves ordinary Americans to face tanking social welfare indicators and deteriorating infrastructure. Its coverage of the ins and outs of corporate dominance and their built-in for-profit imperatives substantiates what many have long only suspected as the primary impetus for an often seemingly aberrant, incomprehensible American foreign policy. War corporations' drive for profit drives America's endless wars.

No president, even if so inclined, can stop America's permanent wars until and unless a mass movement comes to understand and then demand the roll back of corporate war profiteering, their deeply-rooted cause. This book provides a lever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949762228
Publisher: Clarity Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2020
Pages: 444
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Christian Sorensen is a researcher and author focused on the U.S. war industry. His academic background is in translation and international relations. A military veteran, he contributes frequently to independent media outlets.

Read an Excerpt

This book proceeds on the basis of a few foundational facts: (1) The United States of America is no longer a republic, but an oligarchy.2 (2) Capital is concentrated in very few hands.3 (3) The Department of War is not the predominant decision-maker on matters of war and peace. The boardrooms of U.S. corporations are. This unelected bureaucracy has attained war-making authority without democratic debate, let alone democratic support.
The information provided here regarding corporations comes from the Pentagon's daily contract announcements,4 unless otherwise cited. Individually, these daily announcements seem of little import. But years of cataloguing and arranging the contracts have yielded significant details, patterns, and themes, documented here. As a hero of mine once said, “A lot of tape and a little patience make all the difference.” The reporting of journalists, brochures and press releases issued by corporations, interviews, and my own independent experiences supplement my research.
As this book confirms, the wars the U.S. government wages do not cater to the needs of the U.S. citizenry. Today's wars are propelled by the need of corporate behemoths to accrue ever greater profits. U.S. public opinion has no effect on decisions of war and peace. The public may feel free to comment, but the path had already been chosen.
This book is neither an official account nor a specialist military history. Many battles, events, and turning points are omitted. Units of the U.S. Armed Forces are only mentioned when it is illustrative of the goods and services sold by corporations or of a significant pattern of behavior within the war industry as a whole. This book gives the industry point of view. It does not intend to imply that industry is omnipotent or that the Pentagon doesn't eagerly gobble up goods and services for its own narrow purposes. But, despite the extent of documentation provided here, this is not a comprehensive review. The U.S. war industry is far too massive to thoroughly capture or map within a single volume. The focus instead is on the ways the industry operates, on its overall structure and patterns.
This book is intended as a thorough introduction to the issue. In a nutshell, it lays out how the U.S. war industry operates.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 The Big Picture 1

Trillions 1

Carnage 1

Pollution 3

Occupying Afghanistan, Destroying Iraq 8

Boss 13

Bombing 18

Industry Locations 20

Justifications 24

Futures Command 27

Endnotes 30

Chapter 2 Magnifying Influence 46

Pulling In Military Retirees 47

Stacking the Pentagon Deck 50

Shattering the Glass Ceiling 52

Campaign Finance 54

Lobbying 61

Pressure Groups 66

Banking and Investment Firm Stakeholders 68

Corporate Media & Think Tanks 70

Endnotes 76

Chapter 3 Financials and Legalese 92

Contract Types 92

Multifarious Funding/Incessant Purchasing 93

Weaseling the Contracts 97

Inculpating Small Business 99

Seducing Native Americans 101

The (Failed) Audit 103

Offices & Administration 106

Ensuring Legal Impunity 107

Propagandizing Recruitment 113

Endnotes 117

Chapter 4 The Tricks of the Trade 133

Cooperation 133

Memes 134

Threat Fabrication 138

Ruses 143

Built-in Obsolescence 146

Euphemisms 148

Endnotes 153

Chapter 5 Foreign Military Sales 164

Rationalizations 164

The MQ-4C Triton 165

A Single Month's Sales 166

Zionism, an Industry Perspective 168

A Tale of Two Regimes: D.C. and the House of Saud 173

Selling to Countries Within Central Command 176

Selling to the U.S. for Operations Within Central Command 177

Outposts, Death, and Airwars 181

Gotta Get That Cash 186

The Key to Military Policy 187

Endnotes 190

Chapter 6 The Academy 207

Beantown & Beyond 207

Stanford University 212

Computing, Colonization, and Language Capacity 214

Johns Hopkins, the Star 218

Higher Education 221

Labs & Centers 223

Militarizing Education 224

Brain Drain 228

Endnotes 230

Chapter 7 Information Technology 241

Information Takeover 241

Intel 244

Managing Data Overload 248

Cloudy with a Chance of Fleecing 249

Amazon 250

Microsoft 252

Google 253

A Taste of C4ISR & CACI 255

Cyber 259

DMT and Special Relationships 261

Endnotes 265

Chapter 8 "Our" Hemisphere 277


Brazil 281

Honduras 282

Colombia 283

Mexico 286

Special Marketing Ops 287

The Puerto Rican Colony 289

Guantánamo: Occupied Territory 295

Endemic Tunnel Vision 296

Endnotes 299

Chapter 9 The Nuclear Arsenal 313

Ogden 313

Beyond Reckless 314

MDA 316

The Modernization Scam 321

Endnotes 326

Chapter 10 Remotely Piloted Vehicles and Space Assets 336

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 336

In Your FACE (Fairs, Air Shows. Conferences, Exhibits) 338

Variations on a Theme 340

Death Toll 342

One Season 343

Space: The Final Profiteer 345

Space Force 351

Endnotes 353

Chapter 11 Two, Three, Many Special Operations 366

The Status Quo 366

Superheroes or Super Profit? 368

Provisioning Hyper-Enabled Operators 372

SOFIC 2019 and MARS OF 2030 375

SOF Construction for Nonstop War 378

Seeking New Enemies 379

Endnotes 380

Chapter 12 Transitioning 389

Education and Organizing 389

Elections and Legislation 390

Demobilization 391

Disobedience 391

The Draft 392

Demilitarizing Industry 392

International Solidarity 395

Prosecutions 396

Redirecting Funding 397

Endnotes 398

Acronyms & Initialisms 402

Index 404

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