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Press Release: Military Industrial Complex at 50

By davidswanson - Posted on 02 January 2012


January 16, 2012


Book Just Published Surveys Current State of the Military Industrial Complex

MIC50 Front Cover

Published today, MLK Day 2012: The Military Industrial Complex at 50 is the most comprehensive collection available explaining what the military industrial complex (MIC) is, where it comes from, what damage it does, what further destruction it threatens, and what can be done and is being done to chart a different course.

Authors (from within and without the MIC) contributing chapters to this collection (and available for interviews) include: Ellen Brown • Paul Chappell • Helena Cobban • Ben Davis • Jeff Fogel • Bunny Greenhouse  • Bruce Gagnon • Clare Hanrahan • John Heuer • Steve Horn • Robert Jensen • Karen Kwiatkowski • Judith Le Blanc • Bruce Levine • Ray McGovern • Wally Myers • Robert Naiman • Gareth Porter • Chris Rodda • Allen Ruff • Mia Austin Scoggins • Tony Russell • Lisa Savage • Mary Beth Sullivan • Coleman Smith • Dave Shreve • David Swanson • Pat Elder • Jonathan Williams • Ann Wright.

Short bios of the authors are available here

The book is available at in paperback, bulk discount, audio, PDF, kindle, Epub, and iPad/iPhone.

The MIC, this book expertly argues, kills large numbers of people, endangers us, hollows out our economy, transfers our wealth to a tiny elite, devastates the natural environment, and threatens civil liberties, the rule of law, and representative government.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower found the nerve in his farewell speech in 1961 to articulate one of the most prescient, potentially valuable, and tragically as yet unheeded warnings of human history:

    “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

    “We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

This collection shows that the “total influence” of the MIC has increased, the disastrous rise of misplaced power is no longer merely a potential event, our liberties and democratic processes are in a state of collapse, and that Ike himself disastrously misinformed the citizenry when he claimed that the very monster he warned of had been “compelled” by the need for “defense.”

Contact information for many of the authors follows:

David Swanson is the author of When the World Outlawed War, War Is A Lie, and Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union. He blogs at and and works for the online activist organizations and

Dave Shreve is an economic historian, editor, and assistant editor of six volumes in The Presidential Recordings series. He is the author of American Promise: Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and the Forging of  the Modern American Economy. A former history professor at the University of Virginia, he is an expert in 20th century U.S. political history and national, state, and local economic policy. He is a member of the Virginia Organizing Project Tax Reform Committee.

Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. He edits the Just Foreign Policy daily news summary and writes on U.S. foreign policy at Huffington Post. Naiman has worked as a policy analyst and researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. He has masters degrees in economics and mathematics from the University of Illinois and has studied and worked in the Middle East.

Steve Horn is a researcher and writer at DeSmogBlog. He is also a freelance investigative journalist. Follow him on Twitter at @Steve_Horn1022.

Benjamin Davis is an Associate Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law. He is the author of numerous publications, with special interests in conflict resolution, command responsibility, international law, and torture.

Robert Jensen teaches at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a Ph.D. in media ethics and law, and worked as a journalist for a decade prior to joining academia. He presently teaches courses in media law, ethics, and politics.

(512) 731-3723

Clare Hanrahan and Coleman Smith have more than half a century of activist experience including war resistance, opposition to nuclear weapons and power development, mountaintop removal, and much more. They are building the New South Network of War Resisters.
Clare Hanrahan

Bruce Gagnon is co-founder and coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, and has worked on space issues for more than 20 years. His articles made Project Censored’s list of the most censored stories in both 1999 and 2005.
(207) 443-9502

Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002. He served in the army for seven years, was deployed to Baghdad in 2006, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of  Peace for the 21st Century and The End of  War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future. He is the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Ray McGovern, after serving in the Army as an intelligence officer, joined the CIA. His duties eventually included preparing daily intelligence briefings for Pres. Reagan and the first Bush. He works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C. He recently attempted to sail to Gaza on The Audacity of  Hope.   
703 994 1459

Helena Cobban has been a reporter for ABC News and the BBC, as well as a columnist for the Christian Science Monitor. Her area of special expertise is Middle Eastern diplomacy and politics. She has written seven books of her own, and was a key contributor to When the Rain Returns: Toward Justice and Reconciliation in Palestine and Israel, published by the American Friends Service Committee. She recently launched JustWorld Books.

Lisa Savage is Maine coordinator for Code Pink and coordinator of a model statewide campaign to move money from wars to human needs at

John Heuer is a member of the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans for Peace and serves as chair of North Carolina Peace Action. He lives in Chapel Hill and can be reached at