Northrop Grumman, the multi-billion defense contractor, spent more than $17.5 million on lobbying in 2012, outspending its main rivals. A focus of its lobbying efforts has been to reverse the Pentagon’s decision to mothball the Rq-4 Global Hawk. The DOD cited budget constraints. In response, the contractor went to Capitol Hill–and lo and behold–the decision was reversed.
This story is but a small portal onto a much larger phenomena in Washington. The military-industrial complex massively influences national security policy, to the extent that it can even reverse the Pentagon’s decisions. It’s not difficult to understand why either: a permanent war generates permanent profits.
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