Looks like our large defense budget could be destabilizing our society in more ways than one. Isn't defense supposed to protect society?
There's the law of unintended consequences. In this case, we have trouble figuring out what to do with surplus military equipment. As the military upgrades, what does one do with second hand stuff? It's a waste to send multi million dollar things to the scrapyard. Seems logical to give it to the police, but now it's becoming a PR headache for police / community relations.
Not the most useful tools for domestic police, but there's the problem of all that expensive stuff just going to waste; another PR headache.