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Comments by, among other, TFF director, Jan Oberg
The United States Defense Department spends hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money annually on military programs. The Pentagon heavily depends on military contractors to acquire various types of weapons, hardware and support services.
Major contractors like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman are constantly competing for lucrative contracts. Such weapons manufacturers have powerful lobbies in the Congress and in the highest levels of US government.
The major arms companies are even believed to influence US foreign policy to make sure their business always remains booming. The chain of arms manufacturers, their lobbyists and links in the government have come to be known as the Military Industrial Complex. A US Government Accountability Office report has revealed that the powerful contractors are even holding the Pentagon hostage with service contracts.