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10 Hard Hitting Facts that Show America Cares More About War than Education

Published on October 5, 2015 by   ·   1 Comment

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Andrew Emett

Since the tragic events of 9/11, the budget of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has doubled while the budgets of other departments remain stagnant. Instead of paying Lockheed Martin over $1.5 billion to provide Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates with Patriot missiles, that money could have gone towards improving the failing education system in this country.

In 2001, the base budget for the DoD stood at $287 billion. In less than a decade, the defense budget increased to over $530 billion, which does not even include the primary costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In 2010, the Office of Management and Budget reported the DoD’s federal budget at$530.8 billion. In contrast, the Department of Education only received $64.1 billion, while the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy received $27 billion and $26.4 billionrespectively.

In 2011, the U.S. was spending 20% of the federal budget on defense and only 2% on education. Three years later, the Office of Management and Budget found that 18% of the budget had been spent on defense with still merely 2% on education.

According to the DoD, the government has spent over $250 billion in defense contracts since the beginning of this year, which does not include any contracts valued at less than $6.5 million. Last month, the DoD paid defense contractors over $38.6 billion, after awarding them another $38.9 billion in August.

Each business day, defense contractors including Bechtel, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Microsoft, and Kellogg Brown and Root, receive exorbitant amounts of money from the federal budget. This pays for jet fuel, missiles, helicopters, food, spare parts, runways, infrastructure repairs, ship maintenance, technical support, construction equipment, etc.

But most Americans don’t realize that their tax dollars also paid Lockheed Martin over $920 million to manufacture and deliver F-35 jets to the governments of Italy, Turkey, Australia, Norway, and Britain. In July, Lockheed Martin was also awarded over $1.5 billion to equip Korea, Qatar, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia with Patriot missiles.

Marred with a history of rape and forced prostitution, DynCorp received $68.9 million in February for integrated maintenance support services for the Saudi Arabian National Guard Aviation. Responsible for the largest data breach in U.S. history, Booz Allen Hamilton was awarded $12.3 million in July for support services to the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. And in June, L-3 National Security Solutions received $95 million to train Royal Saudi Air Force personnel.

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