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Gov’t Shut Down: Pentagon Spends Over $5 Billion on Military and Spy Equipment

Posted By kit On October 2, 2013 @ 11:37 am In Money Watch,Tile | Comments Disabled

Defense Dept. doesn’t slow down spending for surveillance

Kit Daniels
Prison Planet.com
October 2, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded 94 contracts worth over $5 billion [1], including purchases for spy satellites, body armor and drones, on Sept. 30, the day before the government shutdown and at the end of the federal fiscal year.

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A MQ-9 Reaper drone spies on the population below. (Photo: Public domain)

The contracts include an extreme range of weapon, infrastructure and equipment to various military branches including (with prices in front):

- $48,600,000: Operation support for spy satellites
- $49,813,377: MQ-9 Reaper drones for France
- $40,000,000: scalable hand grenades which allows users to choose the level of the blast “needed for the situation.”
- $25,693,160: Construction of a Weapons Surveillance and Test Laboratory
- $18,132,000: Submarine Rescue Diving and Recompression System

The Air Force contracts in particular focused on sophisticated surveillance tech, including the aforementioned drones, spy satellite support, and logistics for a fleet of spy planes.

One Army contract, worth $246,699,217, procured “Interceptor Body Armor Outer Tactical Vests for various foreign military sales customers.”

Eventually this kind of body armor will be found in the inventory of small town police departments [3] if they don’t have them already.

The Defense Dept. made these enormous purchases regardless of the government shut down.

“Despite the threat of sequestration, we note that defense players like Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin Corp., Raytheon Co. and The Boeing Co. have continued to receive small as well as sizable contracts,” reads a press release by Zacks Equity Research [4]. “Indeed, the latest handout from the DoD worth $10.92 billion is approximately equal to two weeks’ worth of contracts at any other time of the year.”

The Pentagon did cut funding in some areas, however, as a result of the budget impasse in Congress: Army, Navy and Air Force college football games and other sport competitions have been suspended [5].


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[1] awarded 94 contracts worth over $5 billion: http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=5144

[2] Image: http://static.infowars.com/bindnfocom/2013/10/100213reaper2.jpg

[3] inventory of small town police departments: http://www.infowars.com/small-town-police-are-tooling-up-with-elite-military-hardware/

[4] press release by Zacks Equity Research: http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/110546/northrop-wins-10-dod-contracts

[5] have been suspended: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/defense-dept-service-academy-sports-temporarily-suspended-because-of-government-shutdown/2013/10/01/2d474456-2ad7-11e3-b141-298f46539716_story.html

[6] China Investing Estimated $200 Billion in ‘Imperialistic’ Military to Rival U.S., Warns Pentagon Sr. Strategist: http://www.prisonplanet.com/china-investing-estimated-200-billion-in-imperialistic-military-to-rival-u-s-warns-pentagon-sr-strategist.html

[7] China Now Spends $125 Billion Per Year On Riot Gear And ‘Stability Maintenance’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/china-now-spends-125-billion-per-year-on-riot-gear-and-%e2%80%98stability-maintenance%e2%80%99.html

[8] Avenge This: US kills 500, spends $1 billion every day since 2001 in illegal Wars of Aggression: http://www.prisonplanet.com/avenge-this-us-kills-500-spends-1-billion-every-day-since-2001-in-illegal-wars-of-aggression.html

[9] Government ‘Shut Down’ Doesn’t Prevent Opening of $2 Billion NSA Spy Center: http://www.prisonplanet.com/government-shut-down-doesnt-prevent-opening-of-2-billion-nsa-spy-center.html

[10] The Government Spends Trillions On Unlikely Threats … But Won’t Spend a Billion Dollars to Prevent the Very Real Possibility of Global Nuclear Catastrophe: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-government-spends-trillions-on-unlikely-threats-%e2%80%a6-but-won%e2%80%99t-spend-a-billion-dollars-to-prevent-the-very-real-possibility-of-global-nuclear-catastrophe.html

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