War Is The Health Of The State - Profits of War (on Terror): Corporate (and Corrupt Government) Beneficiaries of the Post-9/11 Pentagon Spending Surge

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"Pentagon spending has totaled over $14 trillion since the start of the war in Afghanistan, with one-third to one-half of the total going to military contractors.

A large portion of these contracts -- one-quarter to one-third of all Pentagon contracts in recent years -- have gone to just five major corporations: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. The $75 billion in Pentagon contracts received by Lockheed Martin in fiscal year 2020 is well over one and one-half times the entire budget for the State Department and Agency for International Development for that year, which totaled $44 billion.

Weapons makers have spent $2.5 billion on lobbying over the past two decades, employing, on average, over 700 lobbyists per year over the past five years. That is more than one for every member of Congress.

Numerous companies took advantage of wartime conditions—which require speed of delivery and often involve less rigorous oversight—to overcharge the government or engage in outright fraud. In 2011, the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan estimated that waste, fraud and abuse had totaled between $31 billion and $60 billion.

As the U.S. reduces the size of its military footprint in Iraq and Afghanistan, exaggerated estimates of the military challenges posed by China have become the new rationale of choice in arguments for keeping the Pentagon budget at historically high levels. Military contractors will continue to profit from this inflated spending."
SOURCE URL: https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/files/cow/imce/papers/2021/Profits%20of%20War_Hartung_Costs%20of%20War_Sept%2013%2C%202021.pdf


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  • Posted by $ Dobrien 1 month, 1 week ago
    Let’s circle around.

    Any behind the scenes masters that profit even more than the puppets we know about?

    Here is one Joseph Cofer Black is an American former CIA officer who served as director of the Counterterrorism Center in the years surrounding the September 11th attacks, and was later appointed Ambassador-at-Large ., he is the Black in Blackwater. (Benghazi) , Iraq , Syria , the He becomes Mitten Rotteney’s foreign security advisor, from there he goes to of all places Ukraine
    To sit on the board of ......wait for it......Burisma.
    I guess failing miserably in the counter terrorism job when 911 happened does hurt the resume.

    A bit of research would show that Dyncorp was none other than Jeffery Epstein who did not kill himself.
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    • Posted by 1 month, 1 week ago
      Let's only use the word 'circle' when we actually mean "a plane curve everywhere equidistant from a given fixed point, the center."
      Redefining words is a statist method designed to confuse and make people dependent on the state, e.g., vaccine.
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