When stepping down in 1961 President Eisenhower warned of the collusion between the U.S. military and the Defense Industry. This collaboration caused the U.S. to spend its budgets in a way that served the narrow interests of the Defense Industry and Military leadership. Rather than on the security needs of the nation.
Winslow Wheeler, editor of "America's Defense Meltdown" argues with 13 other Defense Procurement experts that the complex also includes U.S. Congress, which for decades has failed to effectively oversee Defense Contracting. The result is U.S. defense spending 50 percent of global defense budgets, yet failing to achieve decisive results against tiny opponenents. For instance Al-Qaida is estimated to number approximately 70.000 members.
A few weeks ago Mr. Wheeler gave a presentation on the how and why of the U.S. Army inventory of weapons systems aging and shrinking in a time of high spending. Mr Wheeler is accompanied by two contributors to the book: Pierre Sprey, co-designer of the F-16 and A-10 jets, and Thomas Christie, former adviser to the Secretary of Defense on weapons systems testing.
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