Axis of Influence: Behind the Bush Administration's Missile Defense Revival,
Michelle Ciarrocca and William D. Hartung, World Policy Institute
Beneath George W. Bush's fanaticism for missile defense spending lies enough conflicts of interest to alarm policy analysts and American citizens alike. Michelle Ciarrocca and William D. Hartung on the
World Policy Institute's
Web site describes the many ties between the Bush administration and missile defense contractors, corporate-backed conservative think tanks, and supportive PACs. The writers say that protecting the U.S. from a nuclear attack requires objective, independent assessments of missile defense programs "by an outside panel of scientific and technical experts with no economic stake in missile defense development or deployment," or defense decisions will be guided by a group's blind self-interest rather than the welfare of the country.