By Jacob Sugarman
Source: Read full article at Truthdig
Elizabeth Warren has likely heard the criticism. On Wednesday, the Massachusetts senator and 2020 Democratic hopeful issued a call for U.S. armed forces to go green—one that earned the ire of leftists like Naomi Klein for its failure to grapple with the size of America’s military industrial complex. Today, she unveiled a proposal that appears to address those concerns, at least in part.
In a new essay posted to Medium titled “It’s Time to Reduce Corporate Influence at the Pentagon,” Warren presents a four-point plan that includes: preventing the Department of Defense from hiring “giant” contractors; banning Defense officials from owning or trading related stocks; limiting if not outright prohibiting national security officials from accepting jobs with foreign governments; and exposing the lobbying done on behalf of companies like Lockheed Martin, which received more than $35 billion in defense contracts in 2017.
“It’s past time to cut our bloated defense budget,” she writes. “Defense contractor influence is a big part of how we ended up with a Pentagon budget that will cost more this year than Ronald Reagan spent at the height of the…