Prophets of War

Prophets of War

Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-industrial Complex

Book - 2011
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"Enthralling and explosive, Prophets of War is an exposé of America's largest military contractor, Lockheed Martin. When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous warning about the dangers of the military industrial complex, he never would have dreamed that a company could accumulate the kind of power and influence now wielded by this behemoth company. As a full-service weapons maker, Lockheed Martin receives over $25 billion per year in Pentagon contracts. From aircraft and munitions, to the abysmal Star Wars missile defense program, to the spy satellites that the NSA has used to monitor Americans' phone calls without their knowledge, Lockheed Martin reaches into all areas of US defense and American life. William Hartung's meticulously researched history follows the company's meteoric growth and explains how this arms industry giant has shaped US foreign policy for decades."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Nation Books, c2011
Description: vii, 296 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781568584201
Branch Call Number: 338.76291 Har


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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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