Prophets of War

Prophets of War

Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-industrial Complex

Paperback - 2011
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When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous warning about the dangers of the military-industrial complex, he never would have dreamed that a single company could accumulate the kind of power and influence that is now wielded by Lockheed Martin. As a full-service weapons maker, Lockheed Martin receives over 29 billion a year in Pentagon contracts, or roughly one out of every ten dollars the Department of Defense doles out to private contractors. Prophets of War recounts the fascinating and often-frightening history of America's largest military contractor as well as its role in the formation of foreign policy.

The company has produced spy satellites; helped the Pentagon collect personal data on U.S. citizens; provided interrogators for employment at Guantanamo Bay; manufactured our highest-tech aircraft; and more. It has also been embroiled in numerous scandals -- from bribing officials in the Netherlands, Italy, and Japan in exchange for the purchase of Lockheed airplanes in the 1970s, to the provision of 600 toilet covers and 7,000 coffee makers to the Pentagon in the 1980s.

William D. Hartung's enthralling expos#65533; chronicles the growth of Lockheed Martin into one of the most influential corporations in the world, and examines the pivotal role the company has had in America's metastasizing military industrial complex. It asks: How has one company become the recipient of such a large portion of America's tax dollars through contracts with the Pentagon, NASA, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, the NSA, and even the U.S. Census and the IRS? Hartung's meticulous, hard-hitting history follows Lockheed Martin's meteoric growth and unravels how this arms industry giant has helped shape U.S. foreign policy for decades.

Publisher: New York : Nation Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781568586977
Characteristics: vii, 320 p. ; 21 cm.


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Mar 27, 2016

good but quite dry

Jul 20, 2014

This is a pretty good book, with extensive facts about Lockheed Martin [and before that, Lockheed and Martin Marietta], but Hartung focuses on the CEOs, so we really have no idea as to who actually owns Lockheed Martin. Hartung is with the New America Foundation, and their president, Steve Coll, wrote a similarly focused book on ExxonMobil, and again we have no idea if the Rockefeller family is still the owner of that oil behemoth? Note a pattern here?

Sep 19, 2011

Covers how Lockheed Martin has successfully influences defense department priorities to the extent that they come out ahead even when high-profile projects such as the F-22 are cancelled. Their threats about 'jobs lost' sound alot like a local company that rhymes with Blowing.


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