The Business of War – Resources

November 28th, 2008

The US military budget is bigger than the rest of the world’s military spending combined. That’s not even counting the private contractors who rely on war in the Middle East in order to stay in business. As it turns out, politicians and investors rely on these companies to sustain the already troubled economy. This week on Business Matters, as a new administration prepares to take over the Pentagon, we’ll speak with foreign policy analyst Conn Hallinan about the unfortunately healthy business of war as well as Massie Ritsch of the Center for Responsive Politics.

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Conn Hallinan, Foreign policy analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus and a provost in Journalism at the University of California at Santa Cruz | Download MP3

Massie Ritsch, Center for Responsive Politics | Download MP3
Massie Ritsch is the Communications Director for the Center for Responsive Politics. He’s also been a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a a communications strategist for a Los Angeles public affairs firm.

Winslow Wheeler, Director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information | Download MP3

Winslow T. Wheeler worked on national security issues for 31 years for members of the U.S. Senate and for the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). He was the first, and according to Senate records the last, Senate staffer to work simultaneously on the personal staffs of a Republican and a Democrat.

He’s also the editor of the new report: America’s Defense Meltdown: Pentagon Reform for President Obama and the New Congress

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