Just One Month

I came across a blog post (HERE) that lists all the contracts awarded by the Department of Defense in June. The numbers are eye-popping.

“The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00 PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form. The Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $31,732,488,201 on 285 individual contracts during June 2015. This amount does not include 19 Foreign Military Sales contracts worth $1,003,615,783.”

I won’t reproduce the entire list of all the contracts (follow the link to scan them), but here’s how the list begins:

UNINHABITED VEHICLES & CRAFT

General Atomics received $21,070,132 for Predator Mission Aircrew Training Systems (PMATS). This is a sole-source acquisition.

General Atomics received $121,350,000 for 19 Gray Eagles and 19 satellite communications air data terminals.

Logos Technologies Inc. received $32,840,745 for research of compact sensor systems (potentially for: RQ-21 Blackjack, Tigershark, and RQ-8 Firescout).

Northrop Grumman received $16,232,399 for engineering and manufacturing development for the Global Hawk system, specifically software fixes and maintainer graphical user interface tasks on the Global Hawk ground station.

Northrop Grumman received $39,050,000 to improve MQ-4C‘s air-to-air radar subsystem design and mitigate radar performance and manufacturing risks.

Northrop Grumman received $60,943,220 for operations and maintenance services in support of the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance – Demonstrator (BAMS-D) UAS. This was non-competitive per 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c) (1).

Upstate Construction Services received $19,408,103 to build an unmanned aircraft systems hangar at Fort Drum, NY.

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES – Through Foreign Military Sales (FMS), the U.S. government procures and transfers materiel to allied nations and international organizations.

AAR Parts Trading received $72,138,793 for C-130H Contractor Logistic Support for the Afghanistan Air Force in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Boeing received $41,146,387 to provide Saudi Arabia with Apache post-production services and maintenance. One bid solicited, one received.

CDM Constructors Inc.; Conti Federal Services Inc.; Gilbane Federal; Hensel Phelps; Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc.; and Nibor Enterprises Inc. received $49,900,000 to provide Israel with property repair/renovation associated environmental work, force protection work, and construction services.

General Dynamics received $55,944,900 to change the grain for Hydra-70 rockets from government-furnished material to contractor-furnished material. This is FMS to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan.

General Electric received $11,999,218 to provide six F110 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) kits; 17 individual kits to F110-100 engines used in F-16s. This involves FMS to Egypt. This is a sole-source acquisition.

L-3 received $10,525,232 to provide Australia with C-27J ground support equipment at Richmond Air Base, including supply support. This is a sole-source.

L-3 received $23,188,063 to provide Saudi Arabia with training, a mission systems trainer, field service representative support, and spares in support of ISR capabilities for two King Air 350 aircraft. This is a sole-source acquisition.

L-3 received $95,000,000 to provide Saudi Arabia’s Air Force with air operations center training. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Lockheed Martin received $226,904,607 to procure the unitary rocket and pod (quantity: 474), reduced range practice rockets & pods (quantity: 1950), and alternate warhead rockets & pods (quantity: 450) for unnamed FMS.

Lockheed Martin received $119,200,000 for logistics support for Iraq’s F-16 program at Balad Air Base. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Lockheed Martin received $20,498,256 to provide South Korea’s Defense Intelligence Command with follow-on support for aircraft equipped with imagery sensors, communication system, and associated ground support. This is a sole-source acquisition.

Lockheed Martin received $14,426,483 to provide the Reprogramming Center -West, at NAS Point Mugu with primary mission equipment (hardware) required for the laboratory to meet Partner and FMS Mission Data File requirements in support of the F-35 Joint Program to Japan ($4,808,829; 33.4%); South Korea ($4,808,827; 33.3%); and Israel ($4,808,827; 33.3%) under 100% FMS.

Lockheed Martin received $9,733,000 to provide Saudi Arabia modernized target acquisition designation sights and post production support of the AH-64E pilot night vision sensor.

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV received $70,239,965 for work on Army Javelin requirements that will eventually head to New Zealand, Jordan, Indonesia, Lithuania, Qatar, Oman, Ireland and Estonia.

Raytheon received $8,310,252 to provide the Netherlands with 100 Excalibur 155mm projectiles and 12 palletized containers.

Sikorsky received $79,680,022 to provide Tunisia with four modified UH-60M.

Thales Defense & Security received $12,540,960 to provide Australia with sonar equipment.

United Technologies Corp. received $63,668,414 to remanufacture FI00-PW-I 00/200/220/220E/229 engine modules for Chile, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand, Taiwan, Greece and Indonesia. This is a sole-source acquisition.

GLOBAL AUGMENTATION

CH2MHILL; Fluor-Amec II; Exelis Systems; KBR; RMS; PAE-Perini; URS; and DynCorp International received$5,000,000,000 to provide base life and operating support and logistical support worldwide on an as-required basis to support all programs with disciplines consistent with the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program (AFCAP IV) description of services.

Imagine all the good that could have been done with all that money, and how hard so many people worked to earn it (yes, I realize much of it was borrowed and will have to be repaid by future generations, if at all).

Consider the money being poured into Afghanistan (much of which is then sucked back out as profits to American contractors). I didn’t take the time to track down the precise number (if it is even available) but it includes about $65 billion to upgrade the Afghan military and about $104 billion on “reconstruction.” (Some details are HERE). Of course that doesn’t include what we’ve spent to support our military presence there, an amount that is multiples of what it costs per soldier to maintain a force in a more accessible location, like Iraq.

At the time of the U.S. invasion the entire GDP of Afghanistan was less than $2.5 billion. Even now it’s only about $20 billion. So we’re giving the Afghanistan military an amount over 3 times greater than the country’s GDP. If “reconstruction” projects are included, the amount is 8 times greater than the inflated GDP and nearly 70 times greater than the pre-U.S. presence GDP.  So obviously Afghanistan can’t possibly support that kind of spending.  It’s unsustainable, unless Afghanistan (known for good reason as “the burial ground of empires”) is to become a permanent ward of the U.S. taxpayer.

The world we live in can seem so crazy sometimes.

Tomorrow we will return to our regular programming…

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13 comments on “Just One Month

  1. BeeHappee says:

    It is just mind blowing. I cannot even wrap by head around those numbers. You are at your corner of the world, disappointed at how much work and effort has gone to waste when a deer chewed off the tomato and squash, and then you see those numbers… US budget 1% for food and agriculture 6% for education, and 55% for military?

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    • Bill says:

      They are mind-boggling numbers. And for what? We have our priorities all wrong and the beneficiaries of that spending have way too much power. Eisenhower warned us about this long ago.

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  2. ain't for city gals says:

    This is the main reason we are about six months away from opting out of working for money…we do not want to support this. If we could choose where are taxes go it would be a different story…

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    • Bill says:

      That is exactly how we feel. I’m very pleased that we no longer have to pay any income tax and therefore be even more complicit in this. As for choosing where our money goes, I used to wish for that too. But most of the people in this community would probably vote to increase the amount spent on “defense” even more. Sometimes it feels like I’m living in the midst of some martial cult.

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  3. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Capitalism at its best

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  4. Steve says:

    When we view ourselves as god, we think we can force our will on everyone and every thing.

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    • Bill says:

      Yes, especially when the real cost is borne by so few. We go through our days living as if we’re not at war. It doesn’t affect us at all.

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  5. EllaDee says:

    Money often costs too much. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  6. And much funded by the Chinese.

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    • Bill says:

      Exactly. We borrow back the dollars we send them for their trinkets and then hand the borrowed dollars over to war merchants.

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      • There’s a powerful article in this past Sunday’s NY Times about what the Chinese are now doing in Ecuador, check it out if you’ve not seen it already, it’s pretty messed up 😦

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