Is the American weapons industry inclusive and diverse enough?

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AngeryPenguin
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Lockheed Martin, the world's largest military contractor, the US's go-to war contractor taking 80% of its revenue from US military contracts, has not published a diversity and inclusion report for 2019.

The last link on its page is to its 2018 report, despite promising an annual report:

https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us...inclusion.html

Its executive leadership only contains two people of color:

https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us...overnance.html

Has the American weapons industry broken its diversity and inclusion pledges? Is it ethical for the US military to source its weapons from this company?
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Is is ethical for the US military to source its weapons from any company? Is it ethical for the weapons industry and the US military to exist? I think not.

In terms of whether it's ethical for the US to buy weapons from specifically this company - I suspect there exist many even worse reasons why they should not, and that none of those would stop them either.
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(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
Lockheed Martin, the world's largest military contractor, the US's go-to war contractor taking 80% of its revenue from US military contracts, has not published a diversity and inclusion report for 2019.

The last link on its page is to its 2018 report, despite promising an annual report:

https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us...inclusion.html

Its executive leadership only contains two people of color:

https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us...overnance.html

Has the American weapons industry broken its diversity and inclusion pledges? Is it ethical for the US military to source its weapons from this company?
Who the **** cares?
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They are buying military hardware, do you really think inclusivity is their greatest concern here?
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I'm not sat here as a trans person banging my fists on the table because the pentagon didn't cave to the transactivists demands. Literally who cares?
This is like people saying 'equality is 50% of billionaires being women!' like no, equality is no one starving. We don't need the military complex to have enough brown people in their ranks so we don't get as upset about them killing a bunch of other brown people across the planet. Diversity could not matter LESS in this scenario. Jesus wept.
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(Original post by princetonalec)
I'm not sat here as a trans person banging my fists on the table because the pentagon didn't cave to the transactivists demands. Literally who cares?
This is like people saying 'equality is 50% of billionaires being women!' like no, equality is no one starving. We don't need the military complex to have enough brown people in their ranks so we don't get as upset about them killing a bunch of other brown people across the planet. Diversity could not matter LESS in this scenario. Jesus wept.
But you speak of different types of inequality. If most billionaires are men, that speaks to the sexism of the society.

I read an article in newspaper yesterday that said most female billionaires are Chinese, which is a suggestion that China is not sexist as the West. China had 64 self-made women billionaires compared to only 17 in America.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Bus...es-are-Chinese
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(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
Lockheed Martin, the world's largest military contractor, the US's go-to war contractor taking 80% of its revenue from US military contracts, has not published a diversity and inclusion report for 2019.
What about Chinese military contractors? I'm not defending US ones, but I strongly suspect that China is worse.
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What about Chinese military contractors? I'm not defending US ones, but I strongly suspect that China is worse.
China is less sexist than America. And unlike America, black people are not used as cheap labor to be shot down by the police. Factories are not built on land stolen through racist colonialism and genocide.

I do not have the figures to my hand, but I would think Chinese military contractors are much better.
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But you speak of different types of inequality. If most billionaires are men, that speaks to the sexism of the society.
No, it doesn't. There are other possible explanations, e.g. women taking career breaks when having children, so, on average, having less, and interrupted, experience. Some choose not to rejoin the workforce.

(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
I read an article in newspaper yesterday that said most female billionaires are Chinese, which is a suggestion that China is not sexist as the West. China had 64 self-made women billionaires compared to only 17 in America.
It could be a consequence of China's previous one child policy.
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(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
I do not have the figures to my hand, but I would think Chinese military contractors are much better.
Don't think. Prove.
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idk, maybe they should sell to russia just to be sure
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(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
But you speak of different types of inequality. If most billionaires are men, that speaks to the sexism of the society.

I read an article in newspaper yesterday that said most female billionaires are Chinese, which is a suggestion that China is not sexist as the West. China had 64 self-made women billionaires compared to only 17 in America.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Bus...es-are-Chinese
Oh wow. We don't need billionaires? This isn't a question of sexism its of economic inequality.
Y'know I consider myself a socialist, and sometimes I really wish there was a different word because that means I have to be associated with persons like you who think the solutions to issues are "girl power!" and "we need more black billionaires!"
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(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
China is less sexist than America.
That doesn't appear to be the case:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41652487

(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
And unlike America, black people are not used as cheap labor to be shot down by the police.
China commits many, well-documented, human rights abuses.

(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
Factories are not built on land stolen through racist colonialism and genocide.
Land rights in China are another issue.

(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
I do not have the figures to my hand, but I would think Chinese military contractors are much better.
You would.
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(Original post by AngeryPenguin)
China is less sexist than America. And unlike America, black people are not used as cheap labor to be shot down by the police. Factories are not built on land stolen through racist colonialism and genocide.

I do not have the figures to my hand, but I would think Chinese military contractors are much better.
The Tibetans or the Uyghurs would probably beg to differ....
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OP out there demanding that 50% of war criminals be women of colour rather than actually considering that maybe the current system is actively harmful towards minority groups and needs dismantling...
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