What a Waste, the U.S. Military

by William Hartung From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn’t work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the… Continue Reading  

Washington’s Multi-Million-Dollar Saudi PR Machine

by Eli Clifton Public image isn’t something one can always control, but Saudi Arabia is spending millions of dollars on Washington lobbyists and PR firms to improve the Kingdom’s reputation in the West. The execution of Shiite leader Sheik Nimr… Continue Reading  

The Details Behind Israel’s Purchase of Lockheed’s “Samson” Airlifter

by Marsha B. Cohen Two celebrations brought Lockheed Martin’s CEO, Marilyn A. Hewson, to Israel on April 9. Hewson officially opened Lockheed Martin’s office in Beersheba, the closest major city to where IDF technical units are being consolidated at new… Continue Reading  

The F-Word: Plane Speaking and the Sequester

by Marsha B. Cohen The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is a black hole in the federal budget into which hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars have been sucked and billions more seem destined to vanish. The most… Continue Reading  

Shaheen, Kargas and the CIA’s gift

By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad Iran’s Zahedan airport is located on a road named for Allama Iqbal (also known as Sir Muhammad Iqbal), the great Indian philosopher whom Pakistan adopted after partition as its national poet. The shaheen, or eagle, features prominently in… Continue Reading