More Money, Fewer Jobs: Employment and the Defense Industry

by Nia Harris, Cassandra Stimpson, and Ben Freeman A Marilyn has once again seduced a president. This time, though, it’s not a movie star; it’s Marillyn Hewson, the head of Lockheed Martin, the nation’s top defense contractor and the largest… Continue Reading  

How to Lobby Washington to Death

by Mashal Hashem and James Allen A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen’s Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Apology Tour

by John Feffer Conservatives used to love to lambaste Barack Obama for traveling abroad and “apologizing” for U.S. conduct. Mitt Romney popularized the argument during one of the presidential debates in 2012. The “apology tour” became an oft-repeated meme among… Continue Reading  

“Nation-Building” Is Back: Now with Contractors

by Tim Shorrock Last month, President-elect Donald Trump told The New York Times that the United States under his watch will not “be a nation builder.” It was a variation on a comment he had made dozens of times during… Continue Reading  

Africa: A Goldmine for Security Contractors

by David Isenberg In recent years, U.S. military operations in Africa have greatly expanded. Washington has established forward operating locations (FOL) and drone bases. It has helped various African countries, like Liberia, retrain their militaries. It has tried to track… Continue Reading