Reducing Military Spending in the Post-911 Era
Summer of Peace 2012 > International Peacebuilding & Global Citizenship > Military & Security
Broadcast on September 11, 2012
With Ken Alexander & Matt Southworth
Ken Alexander is an engineering consultant and a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Navy
Ken Alexander is a retired U.S. Navy Captain who works with Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) educating lawmakers on military spending. He is currently employed as an engineering consultant focused on small communities and their infrastructure needs. Mr. Alexander served over 30 years in the Navy, primarily in contingency engineering and public works management, but after activation as a Reservist following the events of September 11, 2011, he became involved in Department of Defense (DoD) anti-terrorism efforts at military installations worldwide. In the post-9/11 environment he became highly familiar with DoD procurement practices for so-called war-fighting equipment. From this experience he witnessed a great disparity between the open and technically objective acquisition processes used in facilities engineering and construction at military installations and the looser and relatively nontransparent methods for defining requirements and procuring equipment and services for DoD’s antiterrorism programs. When he retired in 2011, he felt moved to speak out about his experiences as he witnessed first-hand increasingly stringent standards for technical justification and fiscal accountability associated with the use of dwindling federal dollars for basic infrastructure needs which starkly contrasted with the steady growth in military spending and increasingly ill-defined objectives for the DoD “global war on terror”.