Ted's comment on my last post was, pardon the pun, on target.
President Eisenhower recognized the problem decades ago, coining the phrase military industrial complex. He also said: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists and the hopes of its children."
We work to forge swords into plows to end war (cf. Micah 4.3) but also to build economic prosperity and societies that are conducive to human well-being.