William Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation, discusses Lockheed Martin‘s close ties to leading neoconservatives and considerable contribution to US militarism; its domestic expansion into TSA agent training and contract work for the IRS, Postal Service, Census Bureau and FBI; Lockheed’s work on the controversial TIA and TALON domestic intelligence gathering programs – going far beyond the role of a typical defense contractor into a big-brother domestic role; its extensive global forays in diplomatic and even peacekeeping missions that has effectively wrought a company-specific foreign policy; the many bought and paid for Washington politicians, including Buck McKeon and Dan Inouye, in Lockheed’s pocket; and how watchdog groups like Project on Government Oversight are working to expose corruption and conflicts of interest.
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William D. Hartung is Director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation and the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex. His recent Tomdispatch article is “Is Lockheed Martin Shadowing You? How a Giant Weapons Maker Became the New Big Brother.”