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  •  those cruise missiles cost around 1.5 million each (8+ / 0-)

    March 25, 2011

    The million-dollar weapon - Libya missile assault cost quarter billion dollars

    In fiscal terms, at a time when Congress is fighting over every dollar, the cruise missile show of military might was an expenditure of nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. Each missile cost $1.41 million.
    Raytheon Corp. is the manufacturer of the Tomahawk Block IV, a low-flying missile that travels at 550 miles per hour. During a decade of war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Libya, the Pentagon has increasingly relied on the Tomahawk. A year ago, Raytheon boasted of its 2,000th Block IV delivery to the Navy.
    Missile sales have also been paralleled by its lobbying effort. Raytheon, now the world’s biggest producer of guided-missiles, spent just shy of $7 million on congressional lobbying in 2010, compared to $2.32 million a decade earlier, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets.org.

    Raytheon has liberally sprinkled campaign contributions across Congress, including more than $2.1 million in 2009-2010. The contributions were balanced between parties, with 53 percent going to Democrats and 46 percent to Republican candidates, according to OpenSecrets.

    http://www.publicintegrity.org/...

    _______________The DOD/ War Department, which consumes 22% of the national budget, is the world's largest employer with 3.2 million employees.

    by allenjo on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 07:49:56 AM PDT

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    •  Yup, and moving the fleet (7+ / 0-)

      and daily fleet operations expenses ain't chump change either.

      Always money to feed the hungry mouth of the MIC.


      No longer Hoping for Change. Now Praying for a Miracle.

      by CitizenOfEarth on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 07:54:13 AM PDT

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      •  US had manned and unmanned jets over Iraq (6+ / 0-)
        On a conference call with reporters following Obama’s remarks, a senior Administration official said both manned and unmanned flights are already providing “round-the-clock coverage over Iraq.” And even as Obama said he was mindful of avoiding “mission creep” in Iraq, one official said military has “more than 30,000 troops at sea and shore, including fixed and rotary wing aircraft” in the region.

        http://time.com/...

        Two US news networks (Update: make that three), citing unnamed US officials, are reporting that US fighter jets are flying "surveillance missions" over Iraq.

        The location, duration and goal of the reported missions are unclear.

        US official: US F/A-18 fighter jets flying surveillance missions over Iraq from USS George H.W. Bush in Persian Gulf - @LMartinezABC
        — ABC News (@ABC) June 18, 2014
        F-18s over #Iraq; @CBSDavidMartin reporting round the clock surveillance missions by jets from USS Bush & also UAVs
        — Mary Walsh (@CBSWalsh) June 18, 2014
        Sky News says there are unmanned flights too: U.S. military says it has started flying manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft over #Iraq
        — Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) June 18, 2014
        http://www.theguardian.com/...

        _______________The DOD/ War Department, which consumes 22% of the national budget, is the world's largest employer with 3.2 million employees.

        by allenjo on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 08:03:05 AM PDT

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