$15 billion of your money up in smoke for under-fire mercenary company, other defense contractors.
While Blackwater’s mercenaries beg for mercy for killing a baby and 19 other people in Baghdad on Sunday, they’re already working on another lucrative government contract on yet another foreign adventure: the “war on drugs.”
In a major new outsourcing deal reported by only a few outlets, including the Army Times, Blackwater will divvy up a $15 billion pot of government gold, along with four huge defense contractors: Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Arinc.
Arinc, a Maryland-based major supplier of airplane surveillance and passenger-counting equipment, is particularly stoked about the deal, which it announced on the sixth anniversary of 9/11:
Hang on, Arinc, you’re getting ahead of yourselves. Here’s how GovExec.com’s Katherine McIntire Peters describes this other privatized war, which apparently is necessary because, even with the privatized war in Iraq, we still don’t have enough troops to conduct all these wars:
In response to specific task orders issued under the indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract, companies will develop and deploy new surveillance technologies, train and equip foreign security forces and provide key administrative, logistical and operational support to Defense and other agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration.
According to the work statement provided to bidders, the vast majority of the drive will be conducted overseas.
Blackwater clearly knows how to deal with foreigners. But how does a little ol’ company get to share our wealth with such huge defense contractors? No doubt it’s got low friends in high places.
It probably didn’t hurt the mercenary army that, according to federal campaign records, its top execs gave $1,000 to Tom DeLay‘s campaign on December 14, 2004. Or that they contributed mostly to other openly God-fearing lawmakers, like Bono pal Rick Santorum, Kansas’s Todd Tiahrt, and Indiana’s Mike Pence — whose campaign-finance tool is the Principles Exalt a Nation PAC.
Praise the Lord and pass the ammo. Better make that a blunt.