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General Dynamics and its Dynamic Generals

General Dynamics and its Dynamic Generals

BIG 5 DEFENSE CONTRACTOR GENERAL DYNAMICS AND ITS DYNAMIC GENERALS
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 28: Communication 1
14 Oct 2011 (g1a2d0028c1)

Part 1 of 4: National Security Inc.

“The evolution of General Dynamics was based on one simple strategy: Follow the money. The company embraced the emerging intelligence-driven style of warfare. It developed small-target identification systems and equipment that could intercept an insurgent’s cellphone and laptop communications. It found ways to sort the billions of data points collected by intelligence agencies into piles of information that a single person could analyze. It also began gobbling up smaller companies that could help it dominate the new intelligence landscape, just as its competitors were doing. Between 2001 and 2010, the company acquired 11 firms specializing in satellites, signals and geospatial intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, technology integration and imagery. On Sept. 11, 2001, General Dynamics was working with nine intelligence organizations. Now it has contracts with all 16. Its employees fill the halls of the NSA and DHS. The corporation was paid hundreds of millions !
of dollars to set up and manage DHS’s new offices in 2003, including its National Operations Center, Office of Intelligence and Analysis and Office of Security. Its employees do everything from deciding which threats to investigate to answering phones.”

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/articles/national-security-inc/1/

Part 2 of 4: General Dynamics Elects General James L. Jones to Board of Directors

“General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) board of directors has elected retired U.S. Marine Corps general James L. Jones to be a director of the corporation, effective Aug. 3, 2011. Jones, 67, is currently president of global consulting firm Jones Group International and served as National Security Advisor to the President of the United States from January 2009 to November 2010. Previously, he was Supreme Allied Commander of the U.S. European Command and served as the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps, which he served for more than 40 years until his 2007 retirement. Jones is also on the boards of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Atlantic Council of the United States, among other institutions.”

http://www.govconwire.com/2011/08/general-dynamics-elects-gen-james-l-jones-to-board-of-directors/

Part 3 of 4: From the Pentagon to the private sector

“Retired General William S. Wallace, who ran the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command before retiring in 2008, said he was not representing one of the prospective bidders at the time of the meeting. Like the other participants, however, one of the ethics questions he was asked to answer, according to a blank copy, was whether he intended to consult in the future for a client that may have a direct interest in bidding on the new tank… Wallace declined to say how he answered that question. Wallace confirmed that he is now a consultant for General Dynamics Land Systems Division, which is seeking to win the ground combat vehicle contract.”

http://articles.boston.com/2010-12-26/news/29319170_1_generals-defense-firms-private-sector
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Part 4 of 4: Dynamic Generals

“Nothing lubricates the wheels of defense commerce better than to have General Dynamics’ boardroom filled with retired generals and admirals?

* Jay L. Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Retired Admiral, U.S. Navy. Chief of Naval Operations from 1996 to 2000.
* George A. Joulwan, Director and Chairman, Compensation Committee – Retired General, U.S. Army. Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, from 1993 to 1997. Commander-in-Chief, Southern Command from 1990 to 1993.
* Paul G. Kaminski, Director and Chairman, Finance and Benefit Plans Committee – Under Secretary of U.S. Department of Defense for Acquisition and Technology from 1994 to 1997.
* John M. Keane, Director – Retired General, U.S. Army. Vice Chief of Staff of the Army from 1999 to 2003.
* Lester L. Lyles, Director – Retired General, U.S. Air Force. Commander of the Air Force Materiel Command from 2000 to 2003. Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 1999 to 2000.
* Robert Walmsley, Director – Retired Vice Admiral, Royal Navy. Chief of Defence Procurement for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence from 1996 to 2003.

[The] key nodes in the corrupt government-corporate nexus are clearly at the highest levels where tax dollars get siphoned into private bank accounts by retired generals and former government officials who smugly regard the practice as the way Washington works. Indeed it is – and it is the way capitalism corrupts democracy.”

http://warincontext.org/2010/07/20/dynamic-generals/

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ExxonMobil: High Earnings, Low Taxes, No Ethics

ExxonMobil: High Earnings, Low Taxes, No Ethics

EXXON MOBIL: HIGH EARNINGS, LOW TAXES, NO ETHICS
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 29: Communication 1
15 Oct 2011 (g1a2d0029c1)

Exxon Mobil Corporation is the the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. It is a direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil monopoly and – along with BP, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, and Total S.A. – one of the five global oil and gas ‘supermajors’.

“Over the past two years [2009-2010], ExxonMobil reported $9.91 billion in pretax U.S. profits. But it enjoyed so many tax subsidies that its federal income tax bill was only $39 million – a tax rate of only 0.4 percent.”

http://www.ctj.org/pdf/energy20110429.pdf

“Even when Exxon Mobil had a record profit of $40 billion in 2008 due to record oil prices it had only a 31 percent effective tax rate. That’s 13 percent lower than the maximum 35 percent despite being Exxon Mobil’s fifth year as the top corporate earner in Fortune 500’s annual listing. The company paid NO TAXES AT ALL to the U.S. federal government in 2009 on its domestic profits of nearly $2.6 billion. It appears that they avoided the tax man that year by legally funneling their profits through wholly owned subsidiaries in countries like the Cayman Islands, and reinvesting their earnings overseas… More striking still is the discrepancy between Exxon Mobil’s rates and those of most American breadwinners. The company’s effective rate of 17.6 percent is nearly 16 percent below the average individual federal tax rate, which according to the Congressional Budget Office was 20.4 percent as of 2007.”

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/05/tax_man.html

It is not by accident that one of the world’s largest and most profitable corporations gets to keep so much of its earnings. In 2010 alone, Exxon Mobil spent $12.45 million keeping an army of 50 mostly ‘revolving-door’ lobbyists marching up and down the halls of Congress maximizing its federal income tax loopholes while minimizing all those pesky environmental protection and anti-trust regulations:

http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientlbs.php?id=D000000129&year=2010

This of course leaves them with plenty of cash for PR propaganda campaigns aimed at whitewashing their corporate image to not only wipe away unpleasant memories of the Exxon Valdez oil spill but also distract attention from inconvenient truths like their #2 ranking among the Toxic 100 Air Polluters in the U.S.:

http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxic_index/

That disclosure of course tags Exxon Mobil as a key contributor to the larger “Inconvenient Truth” of Global Warming, and the response of their spinmeisters has been to flood our corporate-controlled media with authoritative-sounding denials that such a thing even exists. And while Wikipedia entries are often incomplete, inaccurate or subjectively skewed, in this case the supporting references that follow indicate they got it right:

“A recent analysis by Carbon Brief from 2011 concluded that 9 out of 10 climate scientists who claim that climate change is not happening have ties to ExxonMobil. The results showed that out of the 938 papers cited by climate sceptics, 186 of them were written by only ten men, and foremost among them was Dr Craig D. Idso, who personally authored 67 of them. Idso is the president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, an ExxonMobil funded think tank. The second most prolific was Dr Patrick Michaels, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, who receives roughly 40% of his funding from the oil industry.”

http://www.zmescience.com/ecology/climate-change-papers-exxon-mobil/

http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2011/04/900-papers-supporting-climate-scepticism-exxon-links/

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/features/dirty-money-climate-30032010/

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* “Two days after [this report] was published, [Philip] Cooney resigned his position as chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and got a job at ExxonMobil. However, his resignation was planned months before the memo was leaked and he had already accepted the position at ExxonMobil.”

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BP PLC: Politics, Payola and Petroleum

BP PLC: Politics, Payola and Petroleum

BP PLC: POLITICS, PAYOLA AND PETROLEUM
Global Revolution 1: American Revolution 2: Day 30: Communication 1
IronBoltBruce’s Kleptocracy Chronicles: 16 Oct 2011 (g1a2d0030c1)

If you rank our federal government’s Top 100 contractors according to their total reported instances of misconduct since 1995, the number one spot turns out to be a three-way tie at 57 between Lockheed Martin, Exxon Mobil, and BP P.L.C. (formerly “British Petroleum”, now simply “BP”). Between them, however, BP is the winner in terms of their associated misconduct dollars for the period, which totalled over $2.65 billion:

http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm?sort=3

Yet despite their responsibility for the worst oil spill and ecological disaster in Gulf Coast history, which capped off a litany of repeat offenses involving multiple charges of Clean Air Act violations, hazardous waste violations, employee safety violations, anti-trust violations and other white collar crimes, BP is perennially “awarded” megabucks government contracts by Uncle Sam, including over $1 billion in new contracts last year:

http://www.contractormisconduct.org/index.cfm/1,73,221,html?ContractorID=61&ranking=65

Given that their principal product – petroleum – is an undifferentiated commodity for which they possess no exclusivity, one might question how a “foreign” corporation with such a deplorable reputation is able to keep their snout in the Washington trough. The answer is that since its genesis circa 1909 as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) subsidiary of Burmah Oil Company, the history of BP has been as much about politics and payola as it has about petroleum. Some say the grease started flowing in 1923 when a young Winston Churchill “…secretly accepted 5,000 pounds – the equivalent of perhaps millions in today’s money – from Burmah Oil to lobby the British government to allow Burmah to collar Persian [i.e. Iranian] oil resources.”

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/kevin-myers/the-greatest-20th-century-beneficiary-of-popular-mythology-has-been-the-cad-churchill-1876680.html

Whenever it began, BP’s political payola still gushes to this day. From 1989 to 2010, BP contributed $3,437,884 to U.S. candidates on both sides of the political spectrum, with Barack H. Obama blowing by George W. Bush to take the top recipient slot. And what their puppets got directly was chump change compared to the $62,010,584 BP has funneled to (and through?) Washington lobbyists since 1997. And to make sure the beneficiaries of all that generosity know exactly what is expected in return, since 1995 no less than 24 BP employees have been seated on no less than 24 key federal “advisory” committees:

http://influenceexplorer.com/organization/bp/6677c9b020c94e25b05168fe3e6e8aa2

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The web is awash with conspiracy theories involving BP, Halliburton, Transocean, Goldman Sachs and others having to do with intent or foreknowledge of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig catastrophe, selling and short-selling of impacted stocks prior to the Gulf Oil Spill disaster, the application of deadly dispersants and the disappearance of whistleblowers afterwards, and more. We have neither investigated nor verified any of these, and include this video reference only for your awareness and speculation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZuxYSjZ3-k

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