The US military industrial complex has grown into a self-sustaining organism with an immune system that assaults and smothers any menace to its meals provide – the taxpayers’ cash, writes famend protection analyst Andrew Cockburn.
Cockburn outlines the method that enables US protection contractors to thrive regardless of repeatedly lacking deadlines and producing overpriced, subpar tools. The system has evolved to be excellent at defending itself – whereas leaving the nation, “in reality so poorly defended,” he writes in his newest assume piece for Harper’s Magazine titled ‘The Military-Industrial Virus: How bloated protection budgets intestine our armed forces’.
Cockburn, whose 40+ years of expertise embrace quite a few books and publications on the US’ military complex, its overseas wars and adversaries, appears to be like on the present state of America’s armed power – from the overpriced “disaster” that is the F-35 fighter, to the few “dilapidated” minesweepers, to defective private safety and radios American troopers are outfitted with – and compares it to the exorbitant protection payments the taxpayer has to foot.
The MIC is embedded in our society to such a diploma that it can’t be dislodged, and likewise that it could possibly be mentioned to be involved, solely, with self-preservation and enlargement, like a large, malignant virus.
The system’s “beauty,” he satirically factors out, “lies in its self-reinforcing nature.” Every new system, weapon, or piece of kit, prices up to twice as a lot because the one it is constructed to change, and is typically both suffering from bugs which have to be mounted (for extra cash), or is straight-up worse than the predecessor. Busted deadlines and post-rollout fixes then inflate the prices even additional, lining the protection contractors’ pockets.
With this in thoughts, protection spending has been rising at a regular tempo since World War II, and when there’s discuss of slashing that progress, a perceived ‘menace’ emerges to justify bumping it up. This was the case with the “fraudulent specter” of the “missile gap” with the Soviet Union throughout the Cold War, or the battle in Vietnam.