Big 5 Defense Contractors Not Hurt by Their Multiple Cases of Misconduct

Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Getting into trouble has not put a damper on business for the nation’s largest defense contractors.
According to the Department of Defense’s rankings for 2010, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and Raytheon continued to make more money than all other companies receiving contracts from the military.
The Sunlight Foundation, a government watchdog group, noted that the Big 5 defense firms all have multiple instances of defense-related misconduct cases—79 in all. This would indicate the Pentagon hasn’t felt the need to redirect business away from the companies, even though some of the misconduct included breaking federal law.
Million-dollar lobbying efforts have probably helped keep deals in place. Boeing, the second biggest contractor in terms of money received, spent the most money lobbying Congress between 2009 and 2010 ($35 million), according to the Sunlight Foundation. Northrop Grumman was second, spending $30 million, while the biggest contractor, Lockheed Martin, came in third after spending $26 million on lobbying.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
The Pentagon’s Top Contractors 2010 (by Mandy Smithberger, Project on Government Oversight)
Lockheed Martin Reaches Deeply into U.S. Government (by Noel Brinkerhoff and David Wallechinsky, AllGov)

Comments 12 years ago
such "news", which should indeed be reported, is as old, common and ongoing as the same news about the roman empire's military industrial complex which owned the government. what the news journalist might do, to make such trite old news useful for society, and interesting for the reader, is ask a couple effective questions, leaving the readers to their own answers. do not questions cause the mind to think more, than do statements? if citizens are severely punished for violating federal laws, and can even have federal swat teams break down their doors on "suspicion" of breaking even minor laws, while government-favored insiders are exempted from punishment for crimes, how much longer can the people still be fooled into voting for the democrat/republican regime? does the question violate any journalism ethics? does it not create more thought, thus benefiting society? does it not cause people to mention when the question is remembered during conversations? respectfully,

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