Ben Cohen: from ice-cream man to Pentagon budget warrior

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WASHINGTON — The image depicted the Air Force’s menacing F-35 fighter-bomber approaching at high speed above the words, “Hey Ice Cream Man . . . The Jets are coming.” The identity of the ice-cream man was never in doubt. Ben Cohen, cofounder of Vermont’s Ben & Jerry’s, said he viewed the rhetorical assault by a group of F-35 boosters as a victory. “I consider it a badge of honor,” the 62-year-old Vermont confection mogul said in a recent interview. Cohen has embarked on a unique undertaking in the world of philanthropic entrepreuers: combatting what he considers bloated, wasteful Pentagon weapons programs.

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