The Iron Triangle

Tracking Power, Money and Influence in U.S. National Security

About The Iron Triangle

"We Have Met The Enemy and He Is Us." -- Walt Kelly, via Pogo

"We Have Met The Enemy and He Is Us." -- Walt Kelly, via Pogo

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

–The Preamble of The Constitution of the United States of America

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

— President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the Nation, 1961

The Iron Triangle is meant to be a place where information is shared and created on something all of us have a stake in: Our national security.  The focus will be on the Defense Department, intelligence, homeland security and foreign policy.  Especially with an eye towards power, money and influence in this often-secretive world of great public interest.

American University Professor Gordon Adams used the term “Iron Triangle” as the title for his 1981 book, The Iron Triangle: The Politics of Defense Contracting.


Written by schwellenbach

September 1, 2008 at 9:06 pm

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