Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex

Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex

William D. Hartung


When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his recognized caution in regards to the risks of the military-industrial complicated, he by no means could have dreamed unmarried corporation may possibly collect the type of strength and effect that's now wielded via Lockheed Martin. As a full-service guns maker, Lockheed Martin gets over $29 billion a 12 months in Pentagon contracts, or approximately one out of each ten cash the dept of safety doles out to personal contractors. Prophets of War recounts the attention-grabbing and often-frightening heritage of America's greatest army contractor in addition to its function within the formation of international policy.

The corporation has produced undercover agent satellites; helped the Pentagon gather own facts on U.S. electorate; supplied interrogators for employment at Guantanamo Bay; synthetic our highest-tech airplane; and extra. It has additionally been embroiled in several scandals — from bribing officers within the Netherlands, Italy, and Japan in alternate for the acquisition of Lockheed airplanes within the Seventies, to the supply of $600 rest room covers and $7,000 espresso makers to the Pentagon within the 1980s.

William D. Hartung's mesmerizing exposé chronicles the expansion of Lockheed Martin into some of the most influential firms on the earth, and examines the pivotal function the corporate has had in America's metastasizing army commercial complicated. It asks: How has one corporation develop into the recipient of this type of huge section of America's tax funds via contracts with the Pentagon, NASA, the dep. of place of birth safeguard, the dep. of power, the NSA, or even the U.S. Census and the IRS? Hartung's meticulous, hard-hitting historical past follows Lockheed Martin's meteoric progress and unravels how this hands gigantic has contributed to shaping U.S. international coverage for decades.

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