Yes, There Is a Deep State—But Not the Right Wing’s Caricature

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by Mike Lofgren The heated controversy over the right wing’s characterization of Donald Trump’s chronic conflict with the U.S. intelligence community as the machinations of “the Deep State” has inevitably generated political pushback from more establishmentarian figures. Paul Pillar on… Continue Reading  

Trump and the Return of Private Military Contractors

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by David Isenberg In 2005 the Marine Corps University published a paper entitled “The Professional Military Services Industry: Have We Created a New Military-Industrial Complex?” To consider that question now, more than a decade later, is the equivalent of asking… Continue Reading  

Mattis and the Revolving Door

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by David Isenberg In 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower nominated former General Motors president Charles Erwin Wilson as secretary of defense. That sparked a controversy during his confirmation hearings based on his large stockholdings in General Motors. Reluctant to sell the… Continue Reading  

Trump for the Defense

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by William Hartung As with so much of what Donald Trump has said in recent months, his positions on Pentagon spending are, to be polite, a bundle of contradictions.  Early signs suggest, however, that those contradictions are likely to resolve… Continue Reading  

The Real Winner of the 2016 Elections

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by David Isenberg Although political and media analysts will be parsing the election results for months to come one winner is blatantly obvious, and it is not Donald Trump. Rather, it is something all tax-paying Americans support, even if they… Continue Reading