A river of taxpayer money fills the coffers of defense contractors, not the pockets of armed forces members.
As the media and politicians work to cast Russia as a great threat to Americans, the arms industry is pressuring NATO member states to spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic products on weapons and defense systems.
As the wars overseas draw to something like a close, it's not just battered GIs that come home. "The former tools of combat -- M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more -- are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice," Matt Apuzzo writes at The New York Times.
Hackers in Shanghai spent the last two years pursuing plans for the technology behind the United States' most advanced military drones, targeting at least 20 foreign defense contractors in all.