costs of major US wars
DoD spending on the war in Iraq has
nearly matched the cost of the war in Vietnam, according to a new
Congressional Research Service analysis of the financial costs of wars
throughout United States history.
Total post-911 United States military
spending has exceeded the cost of Vietnam by a considerable margin.
ongoing war in Iraq has incurred an estimated $648 billion to date, and total
post-911 military spending including the Iraq War, Afghanistan and other
terrorism related military expenditures has reached $859 billion.
Vietnam War cost an
estimated $686 billion in 2008 dollars.
The total cost of the American
Revolution was $101 million, or about $1.8 billion in 2008 dollars and less
than 1% of gross domestic product.
The cost of World War II was about
$4.1 trillion in 2008 dollars, and consumed a massive 35.8% of gross domestic
The Iraq war took 6.2% of gross domestic product in
"All estimates are of the costs of military operations only and do
not include costs of veterans benefits, interest paid for borrowing money to
finance wars, or assistance to allies," the CRS report indicated.
Costs of Major US Wars, Congressional Research Service, July 24,
"The Pentagon's new
Defense Media Activity (DMA) -- which "combines formerly separate
Pentagon media organizations, such as the Armed Forces Radio and Television
Service, the Stars and Stripes newspaper, and the Pentagon
Channel" -- needs someone to run it.
The Defense Department is
looking for an "energetic and
imaginative executive" to oversee "2,400 military, government and contract
employees around the world and a budget of more than $225 million."
The DMA is tasked with
communicating "messages and themes" from
officials and providing "a
wide variety of information products" to
Pentagon staff, service
members and their families, veterans and "external audiences."
also provides "high quality visual information, including
Combat Camera imagery depicting
United States military activities and operations."
"Development of the group and its first-year budget has been given to Bryan
Whitman, since the job of his supervisor ... is vacant."
frequently appears in the Pentagon pundits documents.
The DMA "will not include the America Supports You
public relations program,"
which is currently under investigation for funneling PR and marketing contracts
through Stars and Stripes.
Whitman said America Supports You "wasn't placed under the DMA
because it is not of the same 'nature' as other external information programs."
- Washington Post, August 25, 2008
Veteran Pentagon consultant Michael
Bayer, chairman of the Defense Business Board, told his fellow panelists
that the new president's inner circle should "set aside time in transition to
identify the planning, gravitas and interagency process necessary to respond to
a likely first-270-day crisis."
DoD Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2, or "Operation Garden
Plot," is developed in response to the major protests and disturbances of
November 18, 1988
Executive Order 12656 defines
emergency as "any occurrence, including
technological emergency, or
other emergency, that
seriously degrades or seriously threatens the
national security of the US."
Since this date the US military has been
training troops and
police in " civil disturbance
Estimated value of the
weapons, equipment and factories
devoted to the DoD is
83% of the value of all plants and equipment in US manufacturing.
"The 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat
Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle
rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.
Now they're training for the same mission at home.
Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st Brigade Combat Team will be under the day-to-day
control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an
on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and
disasters, including terrorist attacks.
After 1st Brigade Combat Team
finishes its dwell-time
mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade
will take over and that the mission
will be a permanent one.
They may be called upon to help with
civil unrest and
crowd control." - Army
Times, September 30, 2008 On December 17, 2008,
"A new report
by the US Army War College talks about the possibility of Pentagon
troops being used should the economic
crisis lead to civil
unrest, such as protests against businesses or
runs on beleaguered
The study says
loss of legal order are
among possible domestic shocks that might require military action within the
US" - Phoenix Business Journal
civil violence inside the
US would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis
to defend basic domestic order and
national security." -
Army War College report
Manufacturers and industrialists inform their employees that if William
Jennings Bryan is elected
all factories and
plants will close.
William McKinley favors the
William McKinley beats William Jennings Bryan by a small
margin over the question of the
EH Harriman is
director of Union Pacific Railroad.
Samuel Prescott Bush, now
serving on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, is appointed
chief of the Ordinance, Small Arms and Ammunition Section.
reports directly to Bernard Mannes Baruch as
director of the Facilities Division of the
The weapons industry has associations,
lobby groups, and trade shows.
Defense and military industries in
permanent war trash economies.
Those who profit from
permanent war erase
the line between the State
and the corporation as retired military officers
walk through the revolving
campaigns focus on the transformation of
military men into news analysts - "message force multipliers" - to
fuel weapons sales.
Retired military men ideologically in sync
with neoconservative think tanks, frame events in anticipation of large
budget increases for military contracts.
Analysts, paid for the number
of times they appeared on television, are instructed not to quote handlers
directly or mention contacts.
"We knew we had extraordinary access." -
Timur J. Eads, retired Army lieutenant colonel, Fox "analyst", Blackbird
experts, monitors performance.
2001 Veritas announces the formation of an "advisory council" of
well-connected retired generals and admirals.
Veritas gives its
advisers board seats, profit sharing and equity stakes.
intends to turn quick profits through initial public
September 11, 2001
Barry Richard McCaffrey makes 1,000
appearances on NBC and its
McCaffrey, paid $25,000 for speeches, is quoted or cited
regularly in The Wall Street
Journal and thousands of "news" articles.
Barry Richard McCaffrey and Wayne A. Downing are on the advisory board
of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, an advocacy group created
with White House encouragement to make the case for ousting
McCaffrey Associates, promises to "build linkages" between government
officials and contractors
like Defense Solutions.
McCaffrey advocates building up the
military to sustain an occupation, warning
premature withdrawal would invite
He advocates spending for
high-tech weapons, including precision-guided munitions and
unmanned aerial vehicles -
important to the Veritas portfolio.
McCaffrey, chairman of HNTB
Federal Services - an engineering and construction management corporation that
often competes for national security contracts,
consistently advocates wartime
In corporate filings, Veritas' tells investors
they are well positioned to benefit from
a widening global war on
Veritas goes on a shopping spree, buying
deeply enmeshed in the wars in
ridicules the Iraq Study Group recommendation of withdrawing all combat
brigades from Iraq while working with James A. Marks to win the Iraqi
translators contract for Global Linguist Solutions a newly incorporated
subsidiary of DynCorp.
When the Pentagon awards the contract to
Global Linguist Solutions DynCorp stock jumps 15%.
"I am 100% behind what the president of the US is
doing in Iraq."
Barry Richard McCaffrey
James A Marks,
an analyst for CNN,
pursues military and intelligence contracts as a senior executive with
James A Marks is named president of
Global Linguist Solutions and Barry Richard McCaffrey is designated as
chairman of Global Linguist Solutions.
McCaffrey is eligible to
share in profits: the contract is worth $4.6 billion over five years, but only
if the US does not pull out of Iraq.
McCaffrey published a report
recommending that the US equip Iraq with 5,000 armored vehicles provided by
Paul E. Vallely, a Fox News analyst, a
specialist in psychological warfare had
co-authored a paper in 1980 that accused American news organizations of
failing to defend the nation from
"enemy" propaganda during Vietnam.
"We lost the war - not
outfought, we were out psyoped." - Paul E. Vallely
Paul E. Vallely
urges the continued use of
psychological operations which took aim not just at foreign adversaries but
domestic audiences as well.
E. Vallely called his approach "MindWar" - using network television and radio
to "strengthen our national will to victory."
2005 Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq account for 37% of
2008 David Barstow reports that 75 retired military officers
regularly appearing on television "have ties to military contractors
vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air."
Collectively, the group represented "more than 150 military contractors
either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or
The Pentagon pundits program used
three propaganda techniques to
sell the necessity of what
is now called "a dynamic and
The Pentagon worries that framing this as a
'global' war risks reinforcing the image that
al-Qa`ida seeks to project of
itself - a highly organized, global entity capable of
replacing sovereign nations with
a global caliphate.
The three propaganda techniques involve:
the distortion of facts by
the selective withholding of
creation of an emotional cascade beginning with fear and
ending with righteous anger;
and the concealment of the true
source of the message by putting the message in the mouth of some seemingly
independent third party.
employs 27,000 people for recruitment, advertising and
public relations - nearly the
Department work force.
The money spent on winning hearts and minds
has grown by 63%, to at least $4.7 billion - about the same amount the military
spent on body armor for
troops in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2004 and 2006.
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