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  • Sabotaging the System

    This story includes the “first confirmed account of a successful cyber attack against an electric utility company, resulting in major blackouts that lasted for days”. The electric grid not only supplies electricity but also keeps water, telephones, trains, and air traffic control up and running. Also in the U.S., government agencies, defense contractors, and banks are hacked everyday by foreign spy agencies.
  • Four Stars for Hire

    Retired senior officers are been hired by the US military as senior mentors. These mentors counsel current commanders and run war games. Further, the mentors are being paid at rates much higher than the active-duty officers. Also, they are not just working for the military; many are employed by defense contractors. So these mentors are not only being paid large sums by the US government, they are also receiving income from the defense firms.
  • Feasting on the Spoils

    A biographical look at former U.S. Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, one of the most corrupt members of Congress this nation has ever seen. Cunningham pleaded guilty to accepting more than $2.4 million in bribes that came from defense contractors in exchange for political favors.
  • The Lockheed Martin Shooting

    The murder of six employees at Lockheed Martin's aircraft assembly plant in Meridian, Mississippi, was characterized by the county sheriff and Lockheed spokespeople as a typical act of tragic workplace violence. A Primetime Live investigation revealed the racial motivation of the crime and found that Lockheed Martin had known about the murderer's history of making racial threats in the workplace. The investigation also revealed that Lockheed Martin plants across the country had numerous incidents of racially charged threats and hate speech at work among employees. Court records of the Mississippi murders were sealed, but Dateline interviewed plant employees in order to reconstruct the crime.
  • Home front: The government's war on soldiers

    This book chronicles how George Bush has cut benefits for both veterans and front-line troops. It reports how the Pentagon has ordered soldiers to take experimental medicines that sometimes prove fatal, how defense contractors deliver faulty weapons to soldiers, and how "the true casualty of war is the subsequent body count -- the medical failures, psychological toll and the uninvestigated suicides -- on the home front."
  • Ramping up for war

    The Dallas Business Journal outlines how 9/11 has helped some defense contractors in the Dalls/Fort-Worth area. The Journal revisits this issue in 2002 to see which contractors came out ahead and which ones were disappointed with their progress.
  • Bay to Baghdad

    Looking for an Iraq-related story and using the Department of Defense's procurement database, San Francisco Chronicle business reporters found "more than 900 local companies selling gear and services to the military--everything from ice cream and underwear to chemical-weapons detectors. It totaled more than $4 billion in 2002."
  • Lost In Space

    ABC News 20/20 uncovers evidence that one of the nation's top defense contractors, Hughes Electronics, gave American rocket technology secrets to China. The story focuses on the Clinton administration's controversial decision to relax controls on U.S. satellite launches in China and allegations that U.S. satellite companies gave away sensitive information which helped the Chinese build better ballistic missiles.
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    Legal Times reveals how defense contractors with the right lobbyists and supporters in Congress continue to recieve huge contracts in tight budgets; looks at the Sherpa aircraft, largely criticized as useless at all levels inside and outside the Pentagon but likely to continue to be bought by the government, Dec. 6, 1993.
  • Beryllium: Deadly Burst

    KTTV News (Los Angeles, Calif.) conducts a nine month investigation into the use of beryllium, a toxic substance which causes incurable lung cancer, and how defense contractors were exposing their workers to it regularly in the building of nuclear triggers; series prompted investigations by four government agencies and other entities, May 24, 1993.