Understanding the War Industry w/ Christian Sorenson – Ep 80

Christian Sorenson stops by the podcast to discuss his new book “Understanding the War Industry”, a detailed look at contracting within the U.S. military industrial complex and how its giant war chest gets funneled to an endless list of contractors, without question to its necessity or what could have been purchased in its place.  Christian writes at ibpoffices.com, and he’s on Twitter @cp_sorensen

Everyone from libertarians to mainstream liberals to anarchists utters the words “military-industrial complex,” often as a catchall for murky forces that press the U.S. government into war. But what is this complex? More accurately rendered as the “military-industrial-congressional complex,” it is comprised of the Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. Armed Forces; industry, the corporations that sell goods and services to the Pentagon and allied governments; and Congress, which authorizes funding for the Pentagon to purchase industry’s products. Large corporations—the “industrial” side—steer the triangle.

Understanding the War Industry is a critical examination of corporate influence on matters of war. The book throws back the veil on how the corporations comprising the U.S. war industry wield authority and exploit financial structures and legal code. Sorensen demonstrates how corporate aggressors profit through such business sectors of war as information technology, nuclear weaponry, drones, space, and special operations. Sales to foreign governments (“foreign military sales,” or FMS) provide a major source of revenue for U.S. war corporations. Large swaths of U.S. academia function as part of the war industry instead of advancing the public’s understanding of the world or incubating innovation that benefits human progress. Other revelations within Understanding the War Industry include insight into how corporate boardrooms view the troops, overseas bases, and warzones.

Understanding the War Industry can be read as a call for peaceful mobilization or as a detailed journey covering the ins and outs of corporate dominance. Drawing upon an impressive body of research, Sorensen demonstrates how industry commands the other two sides of the military-industrial-congressional triangle and how it subverts democracy in the process. Stunning in its depth and analytical perspective, Understanding the War Industry instructs the reader about the state of the nation and offers hope for a future in which “national security” involves caring for the public instead of waging elective global war.


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Gareth Porter – Ep 65

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Gareth Porter stops by the podcast to discuss his long standing work on the Vietnam war, his thoughts on COVID-19 via the USS Theodore Roosevelt along with his previous work on the 1919 flu epidemic, the terrifying connections between Mike Pompeo and Bibi Netanyahu, and Israel’s secret long standing nuclear stockpile.

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist who has covered national security policy for decades, really, and was the recipient of the 2012 Gellhorn Prize for Journalism for his coverage of the U.S. War in Afghanistan.  He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Cornell, where he earned a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies.  Much of his early work – as scholar and activist – surrounded the American War in Vietnam.  He was, in fact, a chairman of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars at Cornell and then a Saigon Bureau Chief in country.  Especially since 2005, he’s regularly reported on political, diplomatic and military developments in the Middle East for a variety of mainstream and alternative publications.

His previous books include Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam, and Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (2014), among many others.  His most recent is The CIA Insider’s Guide to the Iran Crisis co-authored with John Kiriakou.  Currently, he has a column at the GrayZone.


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If I had a nickel for every insider attack – the writing on the wall in Afghanistan – Ep 25

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve done a headlines episode, so we pack this one to the gills for you.  We catch up on damage caused by Hurricane Michael to DOD bases and our government’s current climate change denying views, discuss the horrific conditions in Yemen and the U.S.’ choice to ignore the catastrophe there, and Danny takes us through the recent insider attack in Afghanistan and the spotlight it places on the continuing American occupation there.   

1:02– Intro

4:05– President Trump’s remarks on Brett Kavanaugh

5:25– President Bush receiving the Freedom Medal from the National Constitution Center

11:35– Hurricane damage to DOD facilities / use of west coast federal facilities to ship coal

19:00Code Pink military industrial complex report

24:02– Wired article discussing how hackable modern military technology has become

24:53CIA Democrats at the World Socialist Website

30:39Saudi Arabia and the assassination of Jamal Khoshoggi

38:35Humanitarian crisis in Yemen

49:34Insider attack targets senior US commander in Afghanistan


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CodePink war profiteers report

CodePink has a brand new report out called “WAR PROFITEERS: THE U.S. WAR MACHINE AND THE ARMING OF REPRESSIVE REGIMES

I’m sure it will be featured on the podcast shortly.


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Bombs, bullets, and bandages in a global market – the military industrial complex – Ep 7.5

Our national defense is an important subject for every American.  And certainly, not the least of which is how our capitalist society supports and enables our military, spending billion of dollars on troops and equipment, but very seldom discussing whether those dollars spent actually mean America is somehow safer.

Here’s our breakdown of the current state of our military industrial complex.  Enjoy!!!

01:00 – The military industrial complex

Defense Dept: War on Terror has cost 250 million a day for 16 years.

The end of the military industrial complex – William Lynn III – Foreign Policy

The tyranny of defense inc. – Andrew Basevich – The Atlantic


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Defense Dept: War on Terror has cost 250 million a day for 16 years.

The end of the military industrial complex – William Lynn III – Foreign Policy

The tyranny of defense inc. – Andrew Basevich – The Atlantic

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