Military-Industrial Circus

Military Industrial Circus cartoon by Matt Wuerker

(Illustration by Matt Wuerker)

The Military-Industrial Circus is a weekly column by Pulitzer-prize winning National Security Analyst Mark Thompson for the Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight.

Thompson has been covering US national security for four decades, including the past 22 years as Senior Correspondent at TIME Magazine. Before that, he covered military affairs for the late Knight-Ridder Newspapers (including the Detroit Free Press, the Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the San Jose Mercury-News) for eight years. Prior to Knight-Ridder, Mark reported from Washington for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for seven years. During that time, he and his paper were awarded the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a series of articles on an uncorrected design flaw aboard Fort Worth-built Bell helicopters that had killed nearly 250 U.S. servicemen.