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National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism

Chat with Melvin A. Goodman about his new book. Hosted by Steve Horn.

Upon leaving the White House in 1961, President Eisenhower famously warned Americans about the dangers of a “military industrial complex,” and was clearly worried about the destabilizing effects of a national economy based on outsized investments in military spending. As more and more Americans fall into poverty and the global economy spirals downward, the U.S. is spending more on the military than ever before. What are the consequences and what can be done?

Melvin Goodman, a 24-year veteran of the CIA, brings peerless authority to his argument that U.S. military spending is indeed making Americans poorer and less secure, while undermining our political standing in the world. Drawing from his first-hand experience with war planners and intelligence strategists, Goodman offers an insider’s critique of the U.S. military economy from President Eisenhower’s farewell warning to Obama’s expansion of the military’s power. He outlines a much needed vision for how to alter our military policy, practices and spending in order to better position the U.S. globally and enhance prosperity and security at home.

Melvin A. Goodman was a Soviet analyst at the CIA and the Department of State for 24 years, and a professor of international relations at the National War College for 18 years. He served in the U.S. Army in Athens, Greece for three years, and was intelligence adviser to the SALT delegation from 1971–1972. Currently, Goodman is the Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, and adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. He has authored, co-authored, and edited seven books, including his new National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism (published by City Lights) Gorbachev’s Retreat: The Third World; The Wars of Eduard Shevardnadze; The Phantom Defense: America’s Pursuit of the Star Wars Illusion; Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives are Putting the World at Risk, and Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA. His articles and op-eds have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Harper’s, Foreign Policy, Foreign Service Journal, The Baltimore Sun, and The Washington Post.  (City Lights)