July 12, 2013
The watershed 1947 National Security Act provided a post-war full employment guarantee to the U.S. arms industry. Indeed, it succeeded so well — with no real changes since then in the apparatus it devised — that today U.S. spending for military purposes bears no meaningful relationship whatsoever to our strategic environment. Worse, massive over-spending makes it impossible to accurately assess our strategic needs. To talk about relatively recent history, what's gone wrong, and his latest book, National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism (City Lights Books, 2013), I turned to Dr. Melvin A. Goodman, an experienced Washington insider. Which begs the question we all want answered: how do we control this insatiable system? Total runtime fifty minutes. Mōnstrum horrendum, īnfōrme, ingēns.