Sunday, November 28, 2004

Who Loves Warfare?

Lockheed Martin probably does, because it provides so much of the nation's weaponry, military and intelligence systems, and technology that the Pentagon and the CIA might find themselves unable to function without it. In fact, the tools of warfare, from fighter jets to military computer systems, are such a huge proportion of Lockheed's business that the company is exercising a growing influence on military policy as well.

Lockheed stands at "the intersection of policy and technology," and that "is really a very interesting place to me," said its new chief executive, Robert J. Stevens, a tightly wound former Marine. "We are deployed entirely in developing daunting technology," he said, and that requires "thinking through the policy dimensions of national security as well as technological dimensions."
In other words, a good war is not hard to find.

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