Makers and sellers of deadly products and services used in
military interventions are sometimes referred to as "merchants of
death." More than one million people work in the war/snoop industry.
What follows are some long lists taking up a lot of space,
but they are necessary. They identify potential targets of any corporate reform
The top 100 defense contractors 
Acutronic Accenture Ltd. Action Target Advatech Pacific, Inc Aerojet Aerospace Corporation Aerovironment Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC) Advanced Integrated Systems AECOM Aegis Defense Services Aimpoint AirScan Airtronic USA Aivea Corporation Allen Vanguard Alliant Techsystems Allied Container Systems AM General Corporation American Dynamics Flight Systems American Ordnance LL C American Petroleum Institute Analysis, Computing & Engineering Solutions, Inc. (ACES, Inc.) Antonov Airlines Applied Research Associates Inc. Arcturus-UAV ARINC Argon ST ArmorSource ArmorWorks Artis LLC ASSETT, Inc. Astronautics Corporation of America Aurora Flight Sciences AV-Optimal Defense Consultancy Service AVX Aircraft Company BAE Systems plc BAE Systems Inc. BAE Systems Land and Armaments BAE Systems Electronics, Intelligence & Support Land Systems OMC Ball Corporation Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Battelle Memorial Institute Bechtel Corporation Benelli USA Berico Technologies BDM Corporation Blazeware Inc. Black Knight Technology Inc. Boeing Company * Boeing Sikorsky Comanche Team Boeing SVS McDonnell Douglas Insitu Booz Allen Hamilton Boston Dynamics British Nuclear Fuels Limited Brogden Enterprises, Inc. CACI International Inc. Carlyle Group Carnegie Mellon University Ceradyne Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Chenega Federal Systems CNA Corporation Colt Defense Concurrent Technologies Corporation Critical Solutions International Crye Associates CSA Engineering CSI Combined Systems Computer Sciences Corporation * Cubic Corporation Omega Training Group Decibel Research Inc. Defense Technologies Inc. Delta Intelligence & Security DEW Engineering Digital System Resources Inc. Dillon Aero DRS Technologies DynCorp Dynetics, Inc EADS EADS North America Exnovo Solutions, Inc. Eurocopter American Eurocopter Airbus Earth Class Mail East/West Industries, Inc. Ensign-Bickford Aerospace and Defense Edison Welding Elbit SystemsInstitute M7 Aerospace ENSCO, Inc. Environmental Tectonics Corporation Ernst & Young Evergreen International Aviation Exxon Corporation Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta Fabrique Nationale de Herstal FLIR Systems Fluor Corp. FGM Inc F M C Technologies Force Protection Inc Foster-Miller, Inc. Foster Wheeler Ltd. Foundation Health Systems Inc. G4S plc Armour Group Inc GB Industrial Battery Gemini Industries Inc. General Atomics General Dynamics * Gulfstream MOWAG General Dynamics Electric Boat Bath Iron Works General Electric Military Jet Engines Division * Geo-Centers Inc. Glock Ges.m.b.H. Goodrich Corporation * Gordon and Castille Industries Georgia Tech Research Institute Harris Corporation Halliburton Corporation Health Net, Inc. Heckler & Koch USA HESCO USA Hewlett-Packard * Honeywell * HS Produkt Humana Inc. Hybricon Corporation IBM Industrial Machining & Design Services, Inc. Infotech Aerospace Services (a Pratt & Whitney joint venture ) Insight Technology Institute for Defense Analyses Intelsat International Resources Group iRobot Israeli Aerospace Industries Israeli Military Industries ITT Exelis ITT Research Institute Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. JGB Enterprises, Inc. Johns Hopkins University Kaman Aircraft Kearfott Corporation Kellogg, Brown and Root Knight's Armament Company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc*. SYColeman Brashear EOTech Lockheed Martin * Gyrocam Systems Longbow Limited Liability Inc. LRAD Corporation M9 Defense Systems MacGregor Group ( part of Cargotec corporation ) A.P. Moller-Maersk Group ManTech International * Massachusetts Institute of Technology Maytag Aircraft Corporation MBDA McQ Inc Menatek Spare Parts Metal Storm Milkor USA Mission Essential Personne MITRE Corporation ; also see ANSER Institute for Homeland Security Mitsubishi Motorola Inc. Mustang Tech Group Natel Electronic Manufacturing Services Navistar Defense Nextel NexGen Data Systems, inc. Nichols Research Corporation NITTOH KENSETSU CO, LTD. NorthropGrumman Corporation* Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Northrop Grumman Information Technologies Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Northrop Grumman Newport News Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Northrop Grumman Space Technology Northrop Grumman Technical Services Ocean Shipholdings Inc Oceaneering International Olin Corporation ; John M. Olin and John M. Olin Foundation Orbital Sciences Corporation Oshkosh Corporation * Osterhout Design Group ; Ralph Osterhout OT Training Solutions Para-Ordnance Perot Systems Picatinny Arsenal Pinnacle Armor Point Blank Solutions, Inc. Precision Castparts Corporation Quantum3D QinetiQ North America Raytheon * BBN Technologies JPS Communications ELCAN Sighting Systems Remington Arms Revision Eyewear Rock Island Arsenal Rockwell Collins * Rolls-Royce plc RONCO Horn of Africa Saab AB SBG Technology Solutions Science Applications International Corporation * Sensis Corporation Shell Oil Company Siemens AG SimplexGrinnell, LP SFA, Inc. SGIS Smartronix, Inc. SmartRounds Smith & Wesson Sobran, inc SPARTA, Inc. SpotterRF Springfield Armory SRC Inc SRI International ST Engineering ST Kinetics Sumaria System Vision Technologies Systems Stanley, Inc. Standard Missile Company LLC Stevedoring Services of America Stewart and Stevenson Strum, Ruger & Company Incorporated Subsystem Technologies Incorporated Sverdrup Corporation Swiss Arms SIG Sauer Talla-Tech Tangent Networks LLC Forjas Taurus S/A TCom Teledyne Telent Texas Instruments Textron Inc. * Bell Helicopter Textron United Industrial Corporation AAI Corporation The Columbia Group Trijicon Tri-Star Engineering, Inc. TriWest Healthcare Alliance Tyco International Ltd. ADT Security Services University of Texas System Unisys Corporation United Technologies * Sikorsky Pratt & Whitney * URS Corporation * Washington Group International USmax Corporation US Falcon US Ordnance Vangent Velocity Systems Verizon Communications Vinnell Corporation Vinnell-Brown & Root Westinghouse Electric Corporation Wiley X Worldcorp Inc. Wyvern Technologies , Aerospace & Defense Contractors Academi LLC (formerly Blackwater and Xe Services) York Executive Operations .
Private military contractors 
AirScan Academi Xe Blackwater Boughton Protection Services / BPS Custer Battles DynCorp GK Sierra Global Enforce Inc. Hambright Protection Services TT Corporation JaneGroup Inc Jorge Scientific Corporation KBR MPRI, Inc. The Intelligence Group International Laconia Consulting Group MVM, Inc. Northrop Grumman Obelisk, International LLC Pathfinder Security Services PinPoint Security Group Raytheon Red Star Aviation RRISC MANAGEMENT. Raptor Defense Saber Teams LLC. Titan Corporation Titan Corporation Versar, Inc Vinnell Corporation Wes-Intel Xeros Services Grey Feather Solutions
Uncle Sam's war/snoop shopping list and "malls" 
Uncle Sam, if you want it or dream it up, we got it or can make
Accounting Administrative Support Advertising and Marketing & Public Relations Air Purification & Air Conditioning Aircraft and Aircraft support Cemetery Memorial Dealers Commercial Food Service Equipment Communication & Media: Other Telecommunications Communication & Media: Telecommunication Communication & Media: Wireless Communication Computer Software Computer Technology: Data Storage Computer Technology: Hosting and Related Services Computer Technology: Programming Consulting Services Consumer Products Contractor Materials & Services Cosmetics Counseling/Therapy Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Education & Training Engineering/Design/Architecture Entertainment and Exercise & Recreation Environment & Consulting Equipment Rental Fabrication & Construction Food & Beverage: Catering Food & Beverage: Other Food/Beverage Appliances and Equipment Furniture: Stores Furniture: Stores Supplies and Products Gifts and Memorabilia Granite Ground Maintenance Hand Tools, Clean Room Hardware Supplies Human Resources and Executive Search Consulting Services Hydraulic Equipment Industrial Equipment & Products Information Technology Janitorial Services Legal Services Lighting Lodging & Accommodation: Hotels/Motels Management Services Materials: Chemical Materials Materials: Metal Manufacturing Medical Supplies Office Equipment & Supplies Oil and Gas & Fuels Industries Optics Packaging & Paper Products Paint and Coating & Adhesives Pest Control Plastic Products Printing & Publication Professional and Commercial Equipment Real Estate Repair and Maintenance Research & Development Safety & Security Science Equipment & Laboratory Shelter Systems Ship and Boat Building Signs Sporting and Athletic Goods Manufacturing Transportation & Delivery Utilities Vehicles: Automotive Vehicles: Trucks Waste Management: Hazardous Material Waste Management: Other Water Features Weapon Windows & Awnings .
--------but Too Often Not Very Well
Uncle Sam's chief DoD buyer isn't too happy but what can he do? He can't leave in disgust and become chief peace buyer, ain't no such job. The Pentagon's weapon procurement woes are well known. They are mentioned in countless speeches and blue-ribbon studies, but never successfully tackled, says the Defense Department's acting acquisitions chief, Frank Kendall. He goes on to say that "A combination of an entrenched culture, management incompetence and bad contractor performance has snowballed over the past decades into an avalanche of embarrassing program failures. We start things we shouldn't have started. ---it's not clear that [the weapons we order and buy] produce any valuable outcomes." Just what are "valuable outcomes," Mr. Under Secretary?
The political part of the triumvirate
Warrior-in-chief; political appointees overseeing the
military-national security part; Congress; and State and local officials in
jurisdictions doing business with the military-national security
Congress, the Industry's Excessively Generous Pawn and Patron
Gift Wrapped in Committees for the Industry
Senate Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Senate Committee on Armed Services (six subcommittees) Senate Committee on the Budget Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (six relevant subcommittees) Senate Subcommittee on Energy Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Senate Committee on Finance (two relevant subcommittees) Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (seven subcommittees) Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (five subcommittees) Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (three subcommittees) House Subcommittee on Homeland Security Appropriations House Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations House Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Appropriations House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations House Committee on Armed Services (nine subcommittees) House Committee on Budget House Committee on Energy and Commerce (three relevant subcommittees) House Committee on Foreign Affairs (seven subcommittees) House Committee on Homeland Security (six subcommittees) House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (five subcommittees) Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation House Subcommittee on Small Business Contracting and the Workforce House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (two relevant subcommittees) House Committee on Veterans' Affairs (four subcommittees) House Committee on Ways and Means (oversight committee)
How the industry dictates to Uncle Sam
The industry, not the American people at large, tells "their" government what its annual military-national security budget should be, what its purchases should be, for what purposes, and how much they should cost, and what minimal legislation and oversight would be acceptable. The industry exercises this stranglehold in several ways.
The industry gets its pawns and patrons elected
The industry donated over $24 million during 2011-2012 in campaign contributions. The main focus is always to ensure that members of Congressional committees important to the industry get reelected.
The industry strategically locates its facilities
The industry's lifeline and profit bonanza comes from contracts awarded by influential and courted members of Congress. Locating facilities in their Congressional districts and States helps ensure that contracts will be steered to them. Few things make a member of Congress more anxious than the prospect of a facility moving out or a member more pleased than a facility moving in.
The industry sends touts up Capital Hill
Winston Churchill called lobbyists touts. The industrial sector in 2011 spent over $133 million to send about 1,000 touts up Capital Hill to cash in on all those campaign financing bribes from the sector by telling their elected officials to keep boosting the federal budget for the sector, what and how to legislate and regulate the sector's business, and to peddle its products and supplies. Trade associations are clusters of touts concentrating on a particular kind of military-national security business and thus represent not one but all of the corporations in that business. These associations include the Aerospace Industries Association, Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems, International National Defense Industrial Association, and the Submarine Industrial Base Council.
The industry comes and goes through the revolving door
Now you see them here. Now you see them there. Who are they and where are they coming and going? They don't stay put like the career bureaucrats do. They are the self-serving shufflers shuffling back and forth through the so-called, perfectly named "revolving door." To author and activist Jim Hightower these shufflers are among the "thieves in high places, steadily and quietly pilfering" the essence of our democracy." .
There are actually four kinds of revolving doors. One is for industry executives and lobbyists who go through to appointments in key government posts to ensure industry interests aren't denied by the American people. A current example is that of Ann Elise Sauer, a former executive and lobbyist for the top defense contractor, Lockheed Martin. She has been appointed to one of the most powerful posts in Congress that oversees the defense industry, including major weapons systems that are a mainstay of Lockheed's business. 
There's the government-to-industry door through which public officials, having gotten experience and valuable contacts from the inside in keeping public interests at bay, go to the industry and parlay their experience and contacts into furthering industry interests in exchanges, usually in private, with the government.
And finally, there's the government-to-lobbyist door through which former legislators, their staffs, and executive-branch officials pass on the way to lucrative positions in lobbying firms to lobby their former colleagues. According to a recent report, "the best lobbying firms are headed by former members of Congress and staffed by former staffers from the Hill and regulatory agencies---and can have significant influence over the legislative process since they'll be lobbying their friends and former colleagues, many of whom will be angling for lobbying jobs in the future." .
Besides the revolving doors there are the "archways," the clever metaphor
author Naomi Klein uses for the passage of people who used to occupy top posts
in the government, left for lucrative positions in the industrial world, then
left it but stopped short of going through the revolving door.  Instead they
remain outside as influential advisors to top government officials and in so
doing avoid conflict of interest rules (which have never stopped conflicts of
interest among the revolving door people). Members of the Defense Policy Board
is a good example. Those folks helped pedal the Iraqi War.
The industry gives politicians junket trips and other emoluments
Congressional members vital to the military-national security industry are plied with junkets to sunny places in the winter, honored with awards, and in other ways cater to their egos, palates and pleasures. For example, the Aerospace Industries Association in 2011 handed one of its top awards, the Wings of Liberty, to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), one of the co-chairmen of the special deficit-cutting committee. The award was given to her, not coincidentally, "on the same day the congressional super committee held its first public business meeting," presumably to influence her vote on any budget cut that would hurt that Association's industrial interests. 
story from an incestuous marriage made in Hell
Yes, there are three parts to the triumvirate, but they are in an incestuously inseparable. They are constantly feeding off of one another and have come to look and act alike. How this is so is nicely illustrated in the following true story about a drone trade show.
If the three parts were not tied together at the groin, you would expect the show to be held at a private facility, like say, a big arena rented by the "Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International." But this is a true story, not fiction.
The event was held in the large foyer of the triumvirate's (note the adjective isn't "government's") Rayburn House Office building adjacent to Capital Hill. What follows are some excerpts from an article in which the writer tells about the event and then adds some commentary.
"---on tables around the room sat some very fancy, very tiny flying things. A bunch of beefy guys in suits or polo shirts or military garb were gathered around tables. The toys were mostly military devices that the company representatives said they're now marketing to cops and civilians. Table hands from companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing and RP Flight Systems told me they'd come to show the hottest new drones, robots and mini blimps to House members and staffers. They were there at the invitation of the U.S. House Unmanned Systems Caucus. A rep from RP Flight Systems explained that his companies drones helped put out fires. But across the room a man in camo (sic) who looked just out of combat showed me his drone for cops.
---the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) -- which doubled its lobbying expenditures from 2010 to 2011, spending nearly $300,000. In the process, the defense industry's man on Capitol Hill Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) was convinced to start an Unmanned Systems Caucus in the U.S. House, as industry showered the caucus members with cash.
---there isn't much difference between the two entities' missions [and] AUVSI's values are the Unmanned System Caucus members' values. This, of course, is no mistake. The Obama administration wants drones to continue its shadow wars, from Africa to Pakistan, that have yielded hundreds of drone strikes -- and the deaths of hundreds of civilians, with many more than that injured, according to data meticulously collected by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. There is little public debate over these strikes, largely because the administration, while publicly talking about the CIA's drone policy, will not officially acknowledge it exists, ----. There is little if any mention of this aspect of drone usage on the Unmamned Systems Caucus website.
When the line between industry profit motives and public officials' priorities is beyond the point of blurry to the extent of being non-existent, there is a problem for true representative democracy, to say the least. When Congress is beholden to its donors and not voters or the public citizenry, the system is broken. And there is no better way to illustrate the corrosive impact of money's effect on American politics than this system of defense spending and the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex. The toy du jour for this system is the drone. New technology, same game." 
End of story. It's just one of countless examples of the incestuous
marriage made in Hell. Who is getting the more screwed than the marriage
partners that never get out of bed? You got it, the taxpayer who's not even in
the house, let alone the bedroom.
Supporters of the triumvirate: Accessories, accomplices, allies, and standbys