top secret or open secret?

Key Cogs in the War Machinery
America’s Defense Associations
By JOHN STANTON
With the Washington Post’s series on Top Secret America  (a Pulitzer Prize for summarizing what everyone already knew) hitting the streets, it’s appropriate to take a quick look at a few of the national security non-profits that operate betwixt and between the public and private sectors, many holding their own classified briefings and conferences. These Washington, DC defense associations operate in similar fashion to the many Think Tanks in the area who are also non-profits.
Unlike the Think Tanks though, they have local chapters nationwide housed near many military and defense contracting facilities, as well as major research universities. This potentially provides the defense association’s membership with influence right down to the state and local levels.  Through feast and famine their rallying cry never changes: there’s never enough money to meet strategic, operational and tactical objectives or the strategic, operational and tactical requirements are wrong. It’s always about avoiding the next “train wreck.”

http://www.counterpunch.org/stanton07202010.html

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/

http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-technology-and-liberty/our-secret-security-establishment-big-picture

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