Paychecks as a defense weapon
When I was in counterterrorism studies after 9/11, significant government investments went into supporting research and analysis at universities. There was a dark joke that so long as any project had a “t’’ in it - “t’’ for terrorism - it would get funding. That is how trends work; everyone wants in. We don’t talk as much about terrorism today. It’s all about job creation. And that’s the bandwagon the defense industry is trying to ride as the “super committee’’ meets to debate budget priorities. Budgets go down.