Warren calls for a reduction in arms companies to influence the Pentagon

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Taking aim at what it calls, “the coziness between the defense lobbyists, the Congress, and the Pentagon,” presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday introduced a plan to reduce the influence of arms companies on military and “cut our bloated defense budget.”

With the introduction of the ‘Department of Defense ethics and Anti-corruption law,” the Massachusetts Democrat said there are “talented and Patriotic” people who work in the defense industry. But Warren argues that the close relationship between the contractor and the Pentagon “tilts countless decisions, large and small, away from legitimate national security interests, and in the direction of the wishes of the huge corporations that thrive off taxpayers’ money.”


And she argues that it is time to make cuts to military programs, the “only line the pockets of arms companies.”

The first step in Warren’s plan is a ban on huge defence companies appointing senior Department of Defense officials and General and flag officers for four years after leaving the DoD. The measure would also require to identify the contractual partner, the former Pentagon officials who are working for you and what these officials work.

Warren calls the second step “is a no brainer.” It senior DoD officials would ban the possession of or trade in arms company shares. And it is the prohibition of all DoD employees of the possession or stock trading would influence, if you are able to that contractor’s bottom line.

The senator is the third step, the foreign governments from the leasing of the former American national security officials and would limit.

“Former high-ranking national security officials are not paid a lot of money to work for foreign governments – especially if the work is undermining the US interests. My plan it would be illegal,” she said.


Warren is also calling for a defense contractor is required “to reveal the true extent of their lobbying activities.”

Warren, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, made her announcement, as she and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., introduced their bill.

The unveiling of the new plan follows Warren’s introduction at the beginning of this year, a broad-based anti-corruption bill.

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