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Defense Contractors, & the Defense Policy Board

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Profits among prominent defense contractors have skyrocketed since 9/11. In addition to allocations for purchases of conventional weaponry demanded by engagements in Iraq and around the world, the Defense Budget bill approved by Congress for 2004 included 9.1 billion for ballistic missile defense (star wars) and 1.3 billion in funds for new chemical and biological weapons programs. U.S. Defense spending has risen by 50% since Bush took office. The figure $440 billion is too large for the average person to grasp - to give you an idea how much money we're talking, the yearly US defense budget is about double the GNP of the country of Saudi Arabia... the US spends as much on defense as all the other NATO countries, including Russia and England, COMBINED.

For a peek into the world of lucrative contracts being divied out to contractors in the defense spending free-for-all since the declaration of the war on terror one need look no further than the Defense Policy Board. The board meets half a dozen times a year and gives its non-binding advice to the Pentagon on things such as strategy, tactics and what sort of weapons programs to develop. The Center for Public Integrity has had their eye on this advisory panel and has determined that at least nine of its thirty non-military staff members continue to maintain conflict of interest ties to prominent defense contracting firms. The big winners include Halliburton, Bechtel, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, SAIC, Northrop Grumman, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
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Advisors of Influence:
Nine Members of the Defense Policy Board Have Ties to Defense Contractors
By André Verlöy and Daniel Politi
Data by Aron Pilhofer
Center for Public Integrity, March 28 2003
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Of the 30 members of the Defense Policy Board, the government-appointed group that advises the Pentagon, at least nine have ties to companies that have won more than $76 billion in defense contracts in 2001 and 2002. Four members are registered lobbyists, one of whom represents two of the three largest defense contractors.

The board's chairman, Richard Perle, resigned yesterday, March 27, 2003, amid allegations of conflicts of interest for his representation of companies with business before the Defense Department, although he will remain a member of the board.
http://store.publicintegrity.org/report.aspx?aid=91&sid=200


Carlyle's Way
Making a mint inside "the iron triangle" of defense, government and industry.
by Dan Briody
Red Herring, December 11, 2001
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...The group has been able to parlay its political clout into a lucrative buyout practice (in other words, purchasing struggling companies, turning them around, and selling them for huge profits)--everything from defense contractors to telecommunications and aerospace companies. It is a kind of ruthless investing made popular by the movie Wall Street, and any industry that relies heavily on government regulation is fair game for Carlyle's brand of access capitalism. Carlyle has established itself as the gatekeeper between private business interests and U.S. defense spending. And as the Carlyle investors watched the World Trade towers go down, the group's prospects went up.

In running what its own marketing literature spookily calls "a vast, interlocking, global network of businesses and investment professionals" that operates within the so-called iron triangle of industry, government, and the military, the Carlyle Group leaves itself open to any number of conflicts of interest...
http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=6...rlyle's+Way


Raytheon to employ retired officers
Admiral, general will help advise on military market
by Robert Weisman
The Boston Globe, December 10 2005
http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=12969


Microwaves, Lasers, Retired Generals For Sale
by William M. Arkin
Washington Post, October 6 2005
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/earlywarnin...tired_gene.html


Several large US military projects under fire
AFP, @ Raw Story, March 17 2007
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These complications come at the worst time for the Air Force.

Already facing a poor rating over contracts granted to Boeing for the renewal of its supply aircrafts, then canceled, the Air Force is under intense scrutiny by Congress.

The House Armed Services Committee held hearings on March 7 on the Air Force's procurement plans, some accusing the Pentagon of rigging the bidding process for supply planes to favor Boeing over consortium EADS/Northrop.
http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Several_large...__03172007.html
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Posts and Threads


Top 100 Government Contractors
Ranked by Contracts Last Year
thread started by jo56, Dec 21 2006
http://pilotsfor911truth.org/forum...showtopic=3116


The War Profiteering Prevention Act Of 2007
thread started by painter
http://pilotsfor911truth.org/forum...showtopic=3633


What Is The Defense Policy Board?
Information you all need to know

Thread started by jo56
(several links to info about the DPB)
http://pilotsfor911truth.org/forum...showtopic=4258


The Carlyle Group
Did you know?

Thread started by jo56
(several links to info about the Carlyle Group)
http://pilotsfor911truth.org/forum...showtopic=4077


Booz Allen Hamilton - Defense Contractor
Air Force Satellite Control System Team

Thread started by jo56
(several links to info about Booz Allen Hamilton)
http://pilotsfor911truth.org/forum...showtopic=4010
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Other Resources

Websites

Iraqforesale.org
Web site with embedded video clips, links
hosted by the makers of the film
Iraq for Sale, the War Profiteers
directed by Robert Greenwald
http://iraqforsale.org/


Lobbying Database
Top Spenders
Wow! Learn how much companies spend on lobbying -
http://www.opensecrets.org/lobbyists/overv...?txtindextype=s


The War Profiteers - War Crimes, Kidnappings, Torture and Big Money
A Look Behind the Scenes at the Activities of the U. S. Defense Industry and Intelligence Services
http://www.expose-the-war-profiteers.org/index.html


Videos

How The Military Industrial Complex Makes Money Off 9/11
A clip from the BBC documentary Why We Fight,
examines the profit motive behind the war on terror.
courtesy, belowgroundsurface
http://youtube.com/watch?v=wCbzFJyVS-o


Tegenlicht: De ijzeren driehoek
Dutch documentary about the Carlyle Group

Nearly all in English - Excellent documentary about the Investment Firm/Defense Contractor that boasts such advisors as GWH Bush and Frank Carlucci, and managed a hundred million of the Binladen family's money, many of whom sat on the board up until 9/11.
courtesy, Guinan & Carl Bank
Realplayer:
http://cgi.omroep.nl/cgi-bin/streams?/tv/v.../bb.20030516.rm
Pop up embedded:
http://www.vpro.nl/programma/tegenlicht/af...media/13721142/
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