National Insecurity

The Cost of American Militarism
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Argues that increased American military spending has not achieved the desired results and has instead left the country poorer and less safe than ever before.

Perseus Publishing
"Mel Goodman has spent the last few decades telling us what's gone wrong with American intelligence and the American military, and now, in National Insecurity, he tells us what we must do to change the way the system works, and how to fix it. Goodman is not only telling us how to save wasted billions--he is also telling us how to save ourselves." -- Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker

Upon leaving the White House in 1961, President Eisenhower famously warned Americans about the dangers of a "military industrial complex," and was clearly worried about the destabilizing effects of a national economy based on outsized investments in military spending. As more and more Americans fall into poverty and the global economy spirals downward, the United States is spending more on the military than ever before. What are the consequences and what can be done?

Melvin A. Goodman, a twenty-four-year veteran of the CIA, brings peerless authority to his argument that US military spending is indeed making Americans poorer and less secure while undermining our political standing in the world. Drawing from his firsthand experience with war planners and intelligence strategists, Goodman offers an insider's critique of the US military economy from President's Eisenhower's farewell warning to Barack Obama's expansion of the military's power. He outlines a much needed vision for how to alter our military policy, practices, and spending in order to better position the United States globally and enhance prosperity and security at home.

Melvin A. Goodman is the Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy. A former professor of international security at the National War College and an intelligence adviser to strategic disarmament talks in the 1970s, he is the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed The Failure of Intelligence.

Former CIA analyst reveals why pumping more money into US military spending destabilizes both the economy and long-term national security

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Argues that increased American military spending has not achieved the desired results and has instead left the country poorer and less safe than ever before. Original.

Authors: Goodman, Melvin A. (Melvin Allan), 1938-
Statement of Responsibility: Melvin A. Goodman
Title: National insecurity
the cost of American militarism
Publisher: San Francisco : City Lights Books, c2013
Characteristics: 461 p. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 417-432) and index
Contents: American militarism, costs and consequences
President Eisenhower's legacy
George H.W. Bush's New World Order
Clinton's problems with the Pentagon
Bush's surrender to the Pentagon
President Obama's deference to the military
The Pentagon's grip on the intelligence community
The Pentagon's phantom missile defense
Defense spending: Eisenhower's "cross of iron"
What needs to be done
Subject Headings: Strategy United States Foreign relations Military bases, American Foreign countries Weapons systems Government policy United States Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 Influence United States Military policy Decision making History National security United States Decision making History National security United States Militarism United States United States Military policy
Topical Term: Strategy
Military bases, American
Weapons systems
National security
National security
Alternate Title: Cost of American militarism
LCCN: 2012036018
ISBN: 0872865894
Branch Call Number: 355.0335 G
Research Call Number: JFD 13-3070
JFD 13-3070
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