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CSAR-X: The Movie, by Boeing

Boeing may never actually win the Combat Search and Rescue helicopter contract, but maybe they take a shot at an Oscar. This is one of the most elaborate video productions of defense contractor propaganda I’ve ever seen. So grab a bag of popcorn, dim the lights and enjoy the show.

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Business Week investigates earmarks, slaps US Navy’s wrist

Today’s Business Week features an investigation on Congressional earmarks, finding that (shock number 1) defense companies dominate the list of corporate recipients and (shock number 2) the navy used earmarks to buy a posh G550 to shuttle around the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy. I applaud the magazine for shedding […]

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Deep thoughts with Nick Chabraja

Wall Street thinks Nick Chabraja, CEO of General Dynamics, is one of the shrewdest — if least talkative — executives in the aerospace and defense business. If you’re looking for someone to read political-industrial-strategic tea leaves for you, Chabraja’s your man. And he’s expected to retire in the near future, so savor his words now. […]

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The (new and improved!) Top 10 of Big D

Last week’s “Top 10″ list suffers from one major flaw. It tracked the money flowing from the seven largest defense companies into the re-election accounts of each lawmaker during the first six months of 2007, but it didn’t include the additional money flowing into the “leadership PACs”. These are the PAC funds that allow one […]

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Big “D’s” Top 10: Reyes still leads, but Courtney catches up

The seven largest US defense companies have contributed nearly $3 million to congressional election campaigns through the first six months on 2007, according to my own analysis. I am making my spreadsheet available for others to download. Please crunch the numbers as you see fit, and let me know if you come up with any […]

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