Peace Scholar Marc Pilisuk writes about the military-industrial link, arguying that there is a "revolving door of individuals moving from high-level military positions and from military appropriation positions in government to corporate boards, and from corporate contractors to government" Read "Who Benefits from Global Violence"
International Relations expert Daniele Ganser argues that data demonstrates "that the private sector can contribute to sustainable peace. Read "Earth Capitalism" for more.
Political scientists Uk Heo and John Bohte found that "both federal tax policy and deficit spending have been important tools for financing national defense since the end of WWII." They also found that "the federal government government has used deficit financing to support peacetime military buildups." - Click here for full article in The Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Historian Kent Shifferd outlined a series of positive trends of the emergence of a globally emerging peace system - Please see the narrated slideshow produced by the War Prevention Initiative - CLICK HERE TO VIEW
In 2010 the US military expenditures were at 698 billion dollars, 43% of the entire global military expenditures.
According to the strongly grounded work of the War Resisters League, more than 50% of the federal budget outlays go into the military as opposed to a skewed government depiction of budgetary spending.
Numerous peace researchers and humanitarian organizations argue that the majority of war casualties are civilians (see for example Clemens Jr. & Singer, 2000; Shifferd, 2011; Sivard, 1996)