Weapons manufacturer

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Manufacturing of weapons is a highly profitable business, as is arms dealing. Many people have suggested that the practices are morally dubious, which is no doubt why euphemisms such as the "defence sector" are often employed to refer to this area of business.

Legal status

Mass production of weapons is not as constrained as the use of weapons and military hardware, although special legal restrictions apply to certain weapons of mass destruction - in particular to biological weapons, chemical weapons and nuclear weapons.

Arms dealing

Laws surrounding international supply of arms are usually a gray area, allowing leeway for the deep state to control and profit from such transactions, extracting levies in the form of various fees. There is at least some effective control of weapons deals, as evidenced by the criminal charges filed in, for example, the Arms for Libya deal which in 1977 moved about 20 tonnes of plastic explosive to Muammar Gaddaffi's Libya, together with training in how to use it to produce bombs.

 

Examples

Page nameDescription
BAE SystemsA global arms company, with interests also in civilian avionics and engineering. Its subsidiaries are also involved in providing intelligence, personnel and logistics support to US/UK military.
Boeing
British Aerospace
Lockheed"Nobody is doing a better job of arming the world than Lockheed-Martin"
Northrop Grumman
Thales Group
Thales UKA subsidiary of Thales.
 

Related Quotation

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Military-industrial-congressional complex“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. 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.”Dwight D. Eisenhower17 January 1960
 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Big Brother - One Man's Storyaccount1 January 2010Gerald JamesThe workings of secret, unaccountable government (The Deep State) of the UK. It functions, not only with callous disregard for the lives of those who get in its way but through Machiavellian manipulation of them - The sobering experiences of Gerald James.
Document:Obama and the Intelligence Cabalwebpage3 August 2011Natasha Barch
Vadim Stolz


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