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Bloomberg’s Armsmaker-Funded Columnist Wants You to Know: Military Spending Is Woke | FAIR

Posted by M. C. on March 21, 2019

Perhaps an enterprising editor, not wanting to collaborate in this transparent scam, will break convention and actually make clear to the reader what 20 seconds of Google would show: that these columns are written by people directly invested in the continued bloating of the Pentagon and function in effect, if not intent, as little more than marketing tools for industries and armies that build, stock and use weapons systems.

To paraphrase bank robber Willie Sutton: Military budgets are where the money is.

You may not know it, but bloated Pentagon budgets are actually “progressive.” Or so says a recent opinion piece in Bloomberg News (3/17/19), “Progressives Should Learn to Love the Pentagon Budget,” by Hal Brands.

Bloomberg identifies Brands as the “Henry Kissinger Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.” “Kissinger” is ominous enough, but surely Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is some innocuous, wonky academic institution, no?

In a piece explicitly defending bloated military budgets, however, perhaps it would be useful to know what exactly the “Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments” is.  We can start by reading this section taken directly from their website (unabridged):

Below is a list of organizations that have contributed to our efforts over the past three years.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne

  • Army Strategic Studies Group

  • Army War College

  • Austal USA

  • Australian Department of Defence

  • BAE Systems Inc.

  • Carnegie Corporation of New York

  • Chemring Group

  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

  • Department of the Navy

  • Embassy of Japan

  • Fincantieri/Marinette

  • Free University Brussels

  • General Atomics

  • General Dynamics—National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO)

  • Harris Corporation

  • Huntington Ingalls Industries

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

  • Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

  • Kongsberg Defense Systems, Inc.

  • L3 Technologies, Inc.

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation

  • Maersk Line, Limited

  • Metron

  • National Defense University

  • Navy League of the United States

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation

  • Office of the Secretary of Defense/Office of Net Assessment (ONA)

  • Office of the Secretary of Defense/Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE)

  • Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (AT&L)

  • Polski Instytut Spraw Miedzynarodowych (PISM)

  • Raven Industries

  • Raytheon Company

  • Sasakawa Peace Foundation

  • Sarah Scaife Foundation

  • SEACOR Holdings

  • Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows Program

  • Smith Richardson Foundation

  • Submarine Industrial Base Council

  • Taiwan Ministry of National Defense

  • Textron Systems

  • The Boeing Company

  • The Doris & Stanley Tananbaum Foundation

  • The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation

  • United Kingdom Royal Air Force

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