War and Constant Preparations for War – Pentagon’s Plan to Take Over US Economy
Trident Juncture 18
25 Oct. 2018 – 07 Nov. 2018
It is happening in the air, on land and at sea. Around 50,000 personnel from NATO Allies and partner countries are testing their ability to operate together to defend our populations and territories and deter potential adversaries in NATO’s biggest exercise in recent years.
• When: from 25 October to 7 November 2018.
• Who: Around 50,000 participants from 31 NATO and partner countries.
• Components: Around 250 aircraft, 65 vessels and up to 10,000 vehicles.
• Location: Central and eastern Norway; the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the airspace of Finland and Sweden.
• Objective: To ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together, and ready to respond to any threat from any direction.
• Commander: Admiral James G. Foggo, Commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples, is responsible for conducting the exercise.
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Tomgram: William Hartung, The Pentagon’s Plan to Dominate the Economy
Posted by William Hartung • November 1, 2018.
Back in the mid-1990s, I wrote the following in my book The End of Victory Culture, with memories of the American world of my 1940s and 1950s childhood in mind:
“The worlds of the warrior and of abundance were, to my gaze, no more antithetical than they were to the corporate executives, university research scientists, and military officers who were using a rising military budget and the fear of communism to create a new national security economy. An alliance between big industry, big science, and the military had been forged during World War II. This alliance had blurred the boundaries between the military and the civilian by fusing a double set of desires: for technological breakthroughs leading to ever more instant weapons of destruction and to ever easier living. The arms race and the race for the good life were now to be put on the same ‘war’ footing…
“In the 1950s… a ‘military Keynesianism’ drove the U.S. economy toward a consumerism in which desire for the ever larger car and missile, electric range and tank, television console and submarine, was wedded in single corporate entities. The companies… producing the large objects for the American home were also major contractors developing the weapons systems ushering the Pentagon into its own age of abundance.”
And here’s the curious thing: almost a quarter of a century after I wrote those words, in a second gilded age in which a billionaire occupies the Oval Office (thanks, in part, to the fact that so many Americans no longer feel like they’re part of an age of abundance), the Pentagon has been thriving, big time. If anything, both parties in Washington have doubled down on military Keynesianism in the twenty-first century and, as TomDispatch regular and Pentagon expert William Hartung writes today, it looks as if the Trump years, despite possible modest cuts in the Pentagon budget, will continue to be a gilded age for the U.S. military. After all, if the president’s team has anything to say about it, ever more of the American economy will be run through the military-industrial complex.
One question, though, about this latest version of an age of abundance: Given our president’s fatal touch (from casinos to hotels, airlines to universities, magazines to steaks and even vodka), might it, in the end, prove to be an age of militarized bankruptcy as well? Tom
Militarizing the Economy in the Name of Defense
By William D. Hartung
Given his erratic behavior, from daily Twitter eruptions to upping his tally of lies by the hour, it’s hard to think of Donald Trump as a man with a plan. But in at least one area — reshaping the economy to serve the needs of the military-industrial complex — he’s (gasp!) a socialist in the making.
His plan is now visibly taking shape — one we can see and assess thanks to a Pentagon-led study with a distinctly tongue-twisting title: “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” The analysis is the brainchild of Trump’s adviser for trade and manufacturing policy, Peter Navarro, who happens to also be the key architect of the president’s trade wars.
Navarro, however, can hardly take sole credit for the administration’s latest economic plan, since the lead agency for developing it was also the most interested of all in the project, the Pentagon itself, in particular its Office of Defense Industrial Policy. In addition, those producing the report did so in coordination with an alphabet soup of other agencies from the Department of Commerce to the Director of National Intelligence. And even that’s not all. It’s also the product of an “interagency task force” made up of 16 working groups and 300 “subject matter” experts, supplemented by over a dozen industry “listening sessions” with outfits like the National Defense Industrial Association, an advocacy organization that represents 1,600 companies in the defense sector.
Before jumping into its substance and implications for the American economy and national defense, let me pause a moment to mention two other small matters.
Please go to Tom’sDispatch.com to read the entire article.
Germany Considers Massive Military Spending Increase Amid Hardware Crisis
November 6, 2018
The move came a few months after German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen reportedly requested a 12 billion euro ($14.6 billion) boost to the country’s military budget, which currently stands at 39 billion euros ($47.3 billion).
About 5.7 billion euros ($6.5 billion) may be added to Germany’s planned military budget from 2020, in line with a proposal by the country’s Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, according to Reuters.
The planned boost comes in addition to a 323-million-euro ($368 million) increase in the German defense budget in 2019 to purchase more sophisticated vessels and fighter jets in the next few years.
In particular, the extra funding is expected to be spent on an advanced heavy-lift helicopter, new Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes and the MKS180 multi-role warship.
The financial boost, which is reportedly part of Germany’s 290-page list of proposed budget revisions, is due to be discussed by Germany’s legislature later this week. It is still unclear how the additional funding would affect the military budget’s share of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
In June, the German newspaper Bild reported that Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen had ordered a 12 billion euro ($14.6 billion) boost in the country’s defense budget of 39 billion euros ($47.3 billion).
Please go to Sputnik to red the entire article.
Russia to showcase latest medium-range air defense missile system at Airshow China
November 6, 2018
Russia will demonstrate its latest Viking air defense missile system for the first time abroad at the Airshow China 2018
Buk-M3 missile system © Sergei Bobylev/TASS
MOSCOW, November 6. /TASS/. Russia will demonstrate its latest Viking air defense missile system (the export version of the Buk-M3 complex) for the first time abroad at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai on November 6-11, the press office of Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport reported on Tuesday.
The Russian arms exporter will also demonstrate the latest military hardware from its export list: the Il-78MK-90A aerial refueling tanker and the Il-76MD-90A military transport plane, the press office said.
“In Zhuhai, the latest Viking air defense missile system, a follow-up of the family of the famous Buk surface-to-air missile complexes, is on display for the first time at international exhibitions,” Rosoboronexport said in a statement.
Russia’s newest military products for the Air Force include the Su-35 multirole super-maneuverable fighter jet, MiG-29M/M2 multi-purpose fighters, the Su-32 fighter-bomber, and also the new products on Rosoboronexport’s list: the Il-78MK-90A aerial refueling tanker and the Il-76MD-90A military transport plane.
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November 5, 2018
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia is ready to call off retaliatory measures imposed in response to Brussels’ sanctions on Moscow, but the European Union should make the first move, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.
“We have repeatedly expressed our readiness to cancel countermeasures. But the first move in this direction should be made by the European Union, which went on with unwinding the sanctions spiral. We hope that common sense will ultimately prevail. After all, objectively, sanctions are not beneficial to either Russia or the European Union,” Lavrov said in an interview with the Spanish El Pais newspaper.
The European Union, according to some estimates, has lost over 100 billion euros (almost $114 billion) from imposing the sanctions on Russia, Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.
“There are various figures on the losses of the EU states from the sanctions. According to some estimates, it is a sum far exceeding 100 billion euros. It is important that this understanding finally comes to the European politicians,” Lavrov said.
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