Generals and "the grotesque top-heaviness of the American corporation"
Something about the contemporary US military that should be better known is its Central-American-army degree of generals' bloat.
And this only follows the best traditions of the American corporate sector:
The point of management theory, after all, is to establish the legitimacy of a social order and a social class who are, in fact, little more than drones. The grotesque top-heaviness of the American corporation is an old story: we have more supervisors per worker than any other industrialized nation, and quite naturally we have developed an extensive literature of bogus social theory assuring those supervisors of the rightfulness of their place in the world—a literature that also counsels everyone else to acquiesce to their subordinate station in the Great Chain of Free-Market Being. Thomas Frank