Guardians of the Warfare State

Guardians of the Warfare State By T. Hunt Tooley [Mises Editor’s Note: Trump is reportedly set to nominate Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, as Secretary of Defense. Given his background, Shanahan looks to fit the typical bill for the job. In this 2013 article, historian Hunt Tooley discusses where secretaries of state come from, and why they are all so similar in background.] An analysis of the U.S. secretaries of war and defense (the name was changed from secretary of war to secretary of defense in…

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