Defense Dept. doesn’t slow down spending for surveillance
October 2, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense awarded 94 contracts worth over $5 billion, 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.
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.
Special wedding leave granted – above and beyond annual leave
The U.S. military says it has a new benefit for same-sex couples who are in the Armed Services and want to get “married.”
And it’s a taxpayer-funded perk available only to same-sex duos, not heterosexual couples.
In an email today, Tony Perkins of Family Research Council explained what’s going on.
“A Supreme Court ruling earlier this year said that the federal government must give equal treatment to same-sex couples who have legally ‘married.’ But now the Pentagon wants to give a special, taxpayer-funded bonus to such couples – including a benefit that is not even available to heterosexual couples.”
Commentary by: Gordon King
So the Federal government grounded the air force due to budget cuts. That says a lot about our homeland security.
I find this fascinating due to the fact that the government can spend untold amounts of money on billions of rounds of hollow point ammunition, militarizing the Department of Homeland Security, building hundreds of FEMA camps around the country, and purchase hundreds of thousands of coffins, yet, it has to cut back on the military defense of our country!
It seems as though the government does not have it’s priorities straight and/or the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing, or possibly has other motives. This is our government hard at work….but for who?
By BROCK VERGAKIS – Associated Press
NORFOLK, Va.—Grounded since April because of budget cuts, many of the Air Force’s combat aircraft started flying again Monday, the military has announced.The grounding affected about one-third of active-duty combat craft, including squadrons of fighters, bombers, and airborne warning and control craft.
Officials at Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia said the order affects planes in the U.S., Europe and the Pacific. The popular Thunderbirds demonstration team comprised of F-16s also will start flying again.
“Since April we’ve been in a precipitous decline with regard to combat readiness,” Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, said in a statement. “Returning to flying is an important first step but what we have ahead of us is a measured climb to recovery.”