Looking Forward: Military Spending, 1st Edition

  • Published By: New York Times Educational Pub
  • ISBN-10: 1642822736
  • ISBN-13: 9781642822731
  • DDC: 355.622
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released December 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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When President Eisenhower identified the military-industrial complex as a powerful component of political and economic life in the United States, he also warned against feeding it too much power. That balance continues to be a hot debate. Where will readers stand on using military spending to fuel economic growth or limiting that spending to leave room for social programs? Should we be bolstering geopolitical power with military strength or limiting military spending in order to combat wasteful budgets? From drones to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to cyberoperations, this reporting reveals the extent of military spending and the complex political problems associated with controlling it. Beyond the text, features to further challenge readers include media literacy terms and questions.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Fighting Against Waste and Inefficiency.
1: Pentagon Profligacy.
2: Cut the Military Budget? Oh, Sure.
3: Pentagon Struggles with Cost Overruns and Delays.
4: $296 Billion in Overruns in U.S. Weapons Programs.
5: Military Costs under Review in Bid to Trim Waste.
6: Costly Aircraft Suggests Cuts Won't Be Easy.
7: Cuts Give Obama Path to Create Leaner Military.
8: Military Is Asked to March to a Less Expensive Tune.
9: Military Expects More Shopping Money, If Not All Trump Seeks.
10: The Pentagon Is Not a Sacred Cow.
11: The Pentagon Doesn't Know Where Its Money Goes.
12: These Toilet Seat Lids Aren't Gold-Plated, but they Cost $14,000.
The Politics of Proliferation.
13: Arms Talks: A Signal and a Beginning.
14: Senator Blames Congress for High Cost of Military.
15: Linking Arms Cuts to Taxes.
16: Satellite System for the Pentagon Brings Questions.
17: Broad Ripples of Iraq War in Budgets of 2 Agencies.
18: Proposed Military Spending Is Highest Since WWII.
19: U.S. Seeks $3 Billion for Pakistani Military.
20: As Wars End, a Rush to Grab Dollars Spent on the Border.
21: Arms Sales to Saudis Leave American Fingerprints on Yemen's Carnage.
Private Industry.
22: Defense Stocks Go on Offensive.
23: Arms Makers Are the Top Beneficiaries; A Banner Budget for Arms Makers.
24: Dayton Counting on Military.
25: Fear of Lost Jobs Is Hurdle to Reining in Defense Contracts.
26: The U.S. Still Leans on the Military-Industrial Complex.
27: Blackwater's Rich Contracts.
28: 30 False Fronts Won Contracts for Blackwater.
29: Reining in Soldiers of Fortune.
A New Era of War and National Defense.
30: National Defense: Against What?.
31: Panetta to Offer Strategy for Cutting Military Budget.
32: Pentagon Tries to Counter Cheap, Potent Weapons.
33: New Strategy, Old Pentagon Budget.
34: Modernizing the Military, with a Technological Edge.
35: Budget Documents Detail Extent of U.S. Cyberoperations.
36: To Save on Defense, Hire Rivals.
37: A Better, Not Bigger, Military Budget.
38: A Better, Not Fatter, Defense Budget.
39: Critics Assail Cuts in Foreign Spending as Trump Moves to Boost Military.
40: Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?.
Case Study: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
41: Painting a Rosy Picture of a Costly Fighter Jet.
42: Audit of Pentagon Spending Finds $70 Billion in Waste.
43: Defense Chief Ends Probation Status of Marine Warplane.
44: Two Very Troubled Fighter Jets.
45: Costliest Jet, Years in Making, Sees the Enemy: Budget Cuts.
46: Pentagon Drops Backup Helmet for F-35 Pilots.
47: The World Awaits the F-35, the Latest in Flying Firepower.
48: Air Force Plans Shift to Obtain High-Tech Weapon Systems.
49: Despite Decades of Stealth, Sticking Points Bedevil F-35 Jet.
50: Trump's Push to Cut Jet Costs Hits a Nerve, but His Demands Face Limitations.
Media Literacy Terms.
Media Literacy Questions.