Elizabeth Warren unveils plan to stop 'corruption' at the Pentagon
Added 05-18-19 01:11:02am EST - “Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released a four-point plan on Thursday to combat what she described as "an intense coziness between giant defense corporations and our Department of Defense."” - News.yahoo.com
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WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a four-point plan on Thursday to combat what she described as “an intense coziness between giant defense corporations and our Department of Defense.” Warren, who is running for president, announced the proposal in a blog post, saying it would help shut the “revolving door” between the federal government and military contractors while trimming our “bloated defense budget.”
“Defense contractor influence is a big part of how we ended up with a Pentagon budget that will cost more this year than Ronald Reagan spent at the height of the Cold War,” Warren wrote. “That’s more than the federal government spends on education, medical research, border security, housing, the FBI, disaster relief, the State Department, foreign aid — everything else in the discretionary budget put together.”
Warren described the influence of defense contractors as “wrong,” “wasteful,” and “bad for our national security.”
“If more money for the Pentagon could solve our security challenges, we would have solved them by now. It is time to identify which programs actually benefit American security in the 21st century, and which programs merely line the pockets of defense contractors — then pull out a sharp knife and make some cuts. And while the defense industry will inevitably have a seat at the table, they shouldn’t get to own the table itself,” Warren said.
Warren’s plan would “ban giant defense contractors from hiring senior DOD officials and general and flag officers for four years after they leave the department.” In her blog post, Warren pointed out that “the top 20 defense contractors hired 645 former senior government officials, top military brass, members of Congress, and senior legislative staff as lobbyists, board members, or senior executives” last year. She described this as “corruption, plain and simple.”
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