How the defense industry helped prolong the war in Afghanistan

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Eli Clifton

“Weapons firms and defense contractors consume over half of the Pentagon’s $740 billion budget and the end of the 20-year war in Afghanistan poses a threat for their share-holders and executives. That concern was laid bare in a new investigative report by In These Times’[s] Sarah Lazare on CACI International, a Pentagon contractor currently two years into a five-year $907 million contract to provide ‘intelligence operations and analytics support’ for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. CACI’s CEO warned investors in an August 12 earnings call, ‘we have about a 2 percent headwind coming into FY 2022 because of Afghanistan’ …. Lazare points out that CACI is a corporate sponsor of the Institute for Study of War, a hawkish think tank whose experts argued in an August 20 paper that ‘Russia, China, Iran, and Turkey are weighing how to take advantage of the United States’ hurried withdrawal.'” (08/27/21)