Aviation-2 Corporation Level Corruption
AVIATION SECTION Aviation-1 Overall Corruption Aviation-2 (here) Corp Corruption Aviation-3 Airlines Corruption Aviation-4 Boeing Corruption Aviation-5 Parts Corruption Aviation-6a Crashes Aviation-6b 1979 AA Flight 191 Aviation-7 Union Aviation-8 Links List See Also: TWA 800 9/11-1-General Port Authority Labs o Los Alamos Labs o Sandia Labs (Lockheed and latest Honeywell) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LINKS LIST: Aviation-2 GENERAL INFORMATION Several if not all of these companies intersect with Boeing, so also see Aviation-4 Boeing Corruption. Discussion Involving Multiple Companies as a Group DLA Piper, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Times Record News 2016/11/02   Opinion. Corruption/conflict of interest - DLA Piper, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon. By Frank Egnoto, Burkburnett http //archive timesrecordnews com/opinion/corruption-and-conflict-of-interest-283390bf-7e67-6777-e053- 0100007f9495-399577311 html/ Excerpt:  DLA Piper, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon are in the news lately. DLA is a law firm. One of their clients is Clinton Foundation. DLA does their tax returns. DLA also performed the first independent audit on the Clinton foundation and the HRC email scandals.Lockheed Martin and Raytheon were granted 17 approval contracts from HRC while she was Secretary of State. These companies were large donors to the Clinton foundation.Bill had a foundation back in 2005, called 'Clinton Global Initiative' (CGI). Doug Band solicited pledges from the wealthy in return for access to Bill Clinton speeches and appointments. These same people are involved in the CGI and Clinton foundations. Corruption, "the abuse of power by a public official for private gain."Corruption starts when cover ups begin. In situations like this, a natural reaction in human survival is called CYA. Adding money and greed solidifies an alliance of people to follow their superior 2016/11/02--timesrecordnews--http //archive timesrecordnews com/opinion/corruption-and-conflict-of- interest-283390bf-7e67-6777-e053-0100007f9495-399577311 html/ Lockheed Martin, General Dyanimics, Northrup Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon The National Interest dot org 2016/11/10   Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Boeing and Raytheon: America's 5 Top Defense Contractors The best of the best.  By David Majumdar http //nationalinterest org/blog/the-buzz/lockheed-martin-general-dynamics-northrop-grumman-boeing-18356 2016 Material Excerpt: In no particular order, here are the five of the most prominent defense contractors that build the arsenal of democracy. Lockheed Martin:  The biggest defense contractor by far is Lockheed Martin, which employs approximately 98,000 people worldwide with sales topping $46.1 Billion in 2015. The company build the F-22 Raptor, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F-16. But Lockheed is more than just airframer, it builds the Aegis combat system—the heart of both the Ticonderoga-class cruiser and Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. It also builds the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) and the PAC-3 missiles for the Patriot among a host of other systems General Dynamics:  A diverse company, General Dynamics builds a host of defense products ranging from aircraft to tanks to destroyers and submarines. With 2014 revenues topping 35 billion and nearly 100,000 employees, General Dynamics is a colossus. Its most important defense products are the M1A2 Abrams, the Stryker family of vehicles, the Virginia-class attack submarine and the Ohio Replacement Program ballistic missile submarine. It also builds the DDG-51 and DDG-1000-class destroyers. Northrop Grumman:  Northrop Grumman is primarily an aerospace company—but it also builds intelligence systems, cyberwarfare systems and mission systems like radars and electronic warfare systems. It builds some of the most important U.S. defense systems. The 60,000 employee company—with revenues of $23.5 billion—is under contract to develop and build the B-21 Raider stealth bomber—building upon its previous work on the B-2 Spirit. It also builds significant parts of the F-35 and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Boeing:  One of America’s great industrial gems, Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company. It’s a leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. It builds the AH-64 Apache helicopter, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G electronic attack aircraft, KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft and the P-8 anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare aircraft among other products. It employs over 160,000 people and has revenues topping $96 billion. Raytheon Raytheon is a technology and innovation juggernaut specializing in defense and cybersecurity solutions. The company provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, capabilities in command, control, communications, computing, cyber and intelligence (C5I), mission support services in addition to its other capabilities. Raytheon is particularly well regarded for its radars, jammer and missiles—such as the AIM-120, AIM-9X and Standard SM-6. It has 61,000 employees worldwide and $23 billion in 2015 revenues. 2016/11/10 --http //nationalinterest org/blog/the-buzz/lockheed-martin-general-dynamics-northrop-grumman-boeing- 18356 [Accessed 2nd time, now with excerpts, from Internet on 2021/02/15] GENERAL DYNAMICS History Time Magazine As of 1957: 1957/05/13   PERSONNEL: Change at General Dynamics http://content.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,867683,00.html Excerpt:  John Jay Hopkins, a handsome, debonair son of a Presbyterian minister, provided the push and brilliance that built General Dynamics Corp. (1956 sales: $1 billion) into one of the postwar era's biggest industrial combines. A lawyer, California-born John Hopkins joined Electric Boat, predecessor of General Dynamics, as a director in 1937, engineered the acquisition of Canadair Ltd., a Canadian aircraft manufacturing company, and then took over major corporations—manufacturing everything from telephone equipment to airplanes—until he had made the new complex the seventh largest defense contractor to the U.S. Government. General Dynamics built the first atomic submarines, Nautilus and Seawolf, produced the Air Force's F-IO2A all-weather interceptor and the B58 Hustler supersonic bomber. It is now developing the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile as well as commercial uses of atomic energy, one of Hopkins' greatest enthusiasms. But while struggling tirelessly to construct a great industrial combine, John Hopkins was also undergoing another struggle—with cancer. He underwent an operation in 1954 for cancer, later vigorously resumed his duties in the hope that he had won out. The cancer persisted. Last week, recognizing the inevitable, Hopkins flew East from his home in California to preside over a directors' meeting. Its purpose was to name Executive Vice President Frank Pace Jr., 44, onetime Secretary of the Army, to be General Dynamics' new president. Hopkins never made the meeting. Instead, he entered Georgetown University Hospital. There last week, two days after the directors elected Pace president, John Jay Hopkins died at 63. 1957/05/13--http //content time com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,867683,00 html 1962/01/05   Corporations: General Dynamics' Ordeal http //content time com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,874418,00.html As of 1962: Excerpt:  Of the corporate giants born in the U.S. in the years after World War II, none grew so fast or so far as General Dynamics, now the 15th largest U.S. industrial company and the world's biggest privately owned military manufacturer. Big as it was, General Dynamics never really fused into a cohesive managerial or financial unity. And last week the fledgling giant was in sore trouble. Barely four years ago, General Dynamics seemed the paragon of the U.S. defense business, a precocious infant that had come from nowhere to rack up earnings of $44 million on sales of $1.6 billion —figures that put it neck and neck with long-established Boeing. But by 1960, the company's once respectable profits had turned into a $27 million loss, and in 1961 the company's net losses hit $40 million in the first nine months alone. But the most staggering statistic about General Dynamics was that in its efforts to break into the commercial jet market, the company had suffered the biggest single product loss—$425 million—in the history of U.S. business. The Inheritor. General Dynamics was put together in barely five years by John Jay Hopkins, an audacious, hard-living lawyer turned financial genius, who started off in 1947 with Connecticut's venerable submarine-building Electric Boat Co. as his base. Acquiring companies left and right in an effort to span the entire range of military hardware from submarines to missiles, Hopkins ran General Dynamics with scant organization and largely by the force of his own personality. This month, in the first of two articles called "How a Great Corporation Got Out of Control," FORTUNE relates how Hopkins, aware that his reputation as a hard drinker had lost him the Pentagon's confidence, brought in as his operating deputy a fellow lawyer who had made his career in government: Arkansas-born Frank Pace, previously Director of the Budget and Harry Truman's Secretary of the Army. In April 1957, four days before Hopkins died of cancer, General Dynamics' directors, in defiance of Hopkins' wishes, elected Pace chairman of the company. When Pace too [article goes on to discuss Howard Hughes’ involvement with a new commercial jet concept Convair 880 and United Airlines Boeing and TWA] time--1962/01/05--http //content time com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,874418,00 html Corp Watch 1995/10/26   South Korea: General Dynamics Denies Bribery Allegations 1995/10/26--https //corpwatch org/article/south-korea-general-dynamics-denies-bribery-allegations [Accesssed from Internet on 2021/02/15; Found on Corpwatch, from Washington Post-1995/10/26 By John Mintz] 2004/03/06 US: General Dynamics Subpoenaed Over Long Island Plant https //corpwatch org/article/us-general-dynamics-subpoenaed-over-long-island-plant Excerpt:  General Dynamics is the second-largest shipbuilder for the U.S. Navy behind Northrop Grumman Corp. The Glen Cove factory produces metal reinforcements to strengthen submarine periscopes and floors inside airplanes. According to the annual report, General Dynamics conducted an internal investigation of the Glen Cove operations. As a result, the company said, management decided to close the facility. 2004/03/06--https //corpwatch org/article/us-general-dynamics-subpoenaed-over-long-island-plant [Accessed from Internet on 2021/02/15; Found on Corpwatch, from Washington Post-2004/03/06-By Anitha Redy] 2004/10/19   USA: General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman Get Big Breaks in New Corporate Tax Bill https //corpwatch org/article/usa-general-dynamics-and-northrop-grumman-get-big-breaks-new-corporate- tax-bill A little-noticed provision in the sweeping corporate tax bill that passed Congress last week would reduce taxes at two major military contractors by nearly $500 million over the next 10 years.  The provision, which primarily benefits General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman, would allow shipbuilders to postpone their taxes for years on profits from building ships and submarines for the Navy.  The new provision would benefit a handful of major shipyards, all owned by one of the two military conglomerates. They include the Bath Iron Works in Maine acquired by General Dynamics in 1995 and the company's Electric Boat division in Groton, Conn., as well as the Northrop-owned Newport News shipyard in Virginia.  The new tax break would reverse a rule that Congress imposed as part of the sweeping tax overhaul of 1986, 2004/10/19--https //corpwatch org/article/usa-general-dynamics-and-northrop-grumman-get-big-breaks- new-corporate-tax-bill [Accessed 2021/02/15; Published by New York Times | By Edmund L. Andrews | Tuesday, October 19, 2004] 2003 /04/22 US: Supreme Court to Rule on General Dynamics Age Discrimination Case https://corpwatch.org/article/us-supreme-court-rule-general-dynamics-age-discrimination-case Separately, the Supreme Court announced that it will decide whether federal age-discrimination law protects some younger workers against alleged "reverse discrimination" in favor of older workers. The case, General Dynamics Land Systems v. Cline, No. 02-1080, involves two 1997 labor agreements between General Dynamics Corp. and the United Auto Workers that guaranteed retirement health benefits only to employees who were at least 50 years old as of 1997.  Workers between the ages of 40 and 50 sued, claiming that they were victims of age discrimination under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1969 (ADEA), which protects workers over the age of 40 against on-the-job discrimination.  A federal district judge dismissed the suit, but last year the Cincinnati-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit reinstated it, saying that the terms of the ADEA prohibit unfair treatment of anyone over 40.  Oral arguments will take place in the fall, and a decision is expected by July 2004. 2003/04/22--https://corpwatch.org/article/us-supreme-court-rule-general-dynamics-age-discrimination-case [Accessed from Internet on 2021/02/15; Published by Washington Post | By Charles Lane | Tuesday, April 22, 2003] Source Watch General Dynamics.  [No date shown, but some of the material seems to reflect 2006 and 2010] https //www sourcewatch org/index.php/General_Dynamics General Dynamics is the sixth largest defence manufacturer in the world [1]. Established in 1952, it includes Electric Boat, which built the first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus. In 1982, it added its first Combat Systems unit, Land Systems, which makes armoured vehicles and in 2003, it increased this area of work with the acquisition of the Canadian GM Defense. In 2002, General Dynamics registered a 25% growth in military business. Primary categories of military hardware produced by the company include nuclear submarines, warships, armoured vehicles, and ammunition. General Dynamics is headquartered in Virginia, US, and employs people in the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK.  Access General Dynamic's corporate rap sheet compiled and written by Good Jobs First. It has four major business segments Aerospace Combat Systems Information Systems and Technology Marine Systems Combat Systems includes "Ordnance and Tactical Systems" (formerly Primex Technologies) which includes ammunitions, including those which might utilize depleted uranium penetrators. General Dynamics Ordnance Systems has been the prime contractor for the Hydra-70 rocket system since 1995 and is teamed with PRIMEX of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Alliant Techsystems of Hopkins, Minnesota. [2] General Dynamics acquired Primex Technologies in 2001…GD also acquired in that year Spain's leading defense manufacturer, Santa Barbara Sistemas. [3] General Dynamics acquired Anteon International Corp. in 2006. https //www sourcewatch org/index[dot]php/General_Dynamics [Accessed from Internet on 2021/02/15] Ducommun (For example, Supplier for Boeing) “Holes don’t line up” Brandeis dot edu 2006/04/17   BOEING PARTS SCANDAL:  Boeing Parts and Rules Bent, Whistle-Blowers Say.  By Florence Graves and Sara Kehaulani Goo https //www brandeis edu/investigate/political-social-justice/boeing-parts-scandal html Excerpt: Jeanine Prewitt knew there was a problem when the holes wouldn't line up. On a Boeing Co. assembly line in Kansas in 2000, Prewitt saw workers drilling extra holes in the long aluminum ribs that make up the skeleton of a jetliner's fuselage. That was the only way the workers could attach the pieces, because some of their pre-drilled holes didn't match those on the airframe…The assembly workers Prewitt observed were not the only ones who noted problems with parts from a key Boeing supplier, AHF Ducommun of Los Angeles. Other workers told her that many pieces had to be shoved or hammered into place. And documents reviewed by The Washington Post show that quality managers reported numerous problems at Ducommun in memos recorded in Boeing's system for monitoring its supplie 2006/04/17--https //www brandeis edu/investigate/political-social-justice/boeing-parts-scandal html [Note from PF:  Brandeis might have a socialist or leftist bias; they use “social justice” language which might or might not indicate a link to the “social justice” demands connected to BLM and “calling card ling” found across corporations and corporate owned media as of 2021] Daily Bulletin 2010/04/15   Ducommun Technologies gets second phase of Boeing Contract 2010/04/15--http //www dailybulletin com/2010/04/15/ducommun-technologies-gets-second-phase-of- boeing-contract/ LA Times   2005/05/28  Boeing Sued by Three Workers They allege that the plane maker installed defective parts from Ducommun in a range of aircraft and tried to cover up their use.  By Peter Pae 2005/05/28--http //articles latimes com/2005/may/28/business/fi-ducommun28 San Diego Union Tribune 2016/06/13   Court Sides with Boeing in Whistleblower 2016/06/13--http //www sandiegouniontribune com/sdut-appeals-court-sides-with-boeing-in-whistleblower- 2016jun13-story html Excerpt:  A federal appeals court has sided with Boeing and one of its suppliers in the whistleblower lawsuit brought by three ex-workers at the aircraft manufacturer’s former plant in Wichita. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed on Monday with a federal judge’s decision that the former workers failed to show Boeing defrauded the U.S. government in a $1.6 billion contract. The three-judge appellate panel said it found no evidence Boeing knowingly submitted a false claim to the government. It upheld the 2014 summary judgment in favor of Boeing and California-based supplier Ducommun Inc., rejecting claims brought by former employees Taylor Smith, Jeannine Prewitt and James Ailes. Their 2005 lawsuit alleged that Boeing defrauded the government in a contract for two dozen 737 Next Generation aircraft by using “bogus parts.” 2016/06/13--http //www sandiegouniontribune com/sdut-appeals-court-sides-with-boeing-in-whistleblower- 2016jun13-story html [re-extracted 2021/02/15 wtih excerpts] Raytheon Pakistan Sales Link Around 9/11 Time Period Among other Corruption issues, notice the Pakistan connection (“selling military communications equipment to Pakistan through its Canadian subsidiary”)  close to 9/11 time period - could there be a connection to Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan in terms of gaining an advantage in attacking USA, but also in terms of networks and infiltrations? Corp Research dot org Raytheon By Philip Mattera http //www corp-research org/raytheon Excerpt: Raytheon is essentially a missile supermarket. It sells Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, Maverick air-to- ground missiles, Patriot surface-to-air missiles, Tomahawk submarine-launched cruise missiles and other kinds of deadly projectiles. The company also supplies the Pentagon with science-fiction-sounding weapons such as the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle and Kinetic Energy Interceptors as well as a variety of the electronic components that are so prevalent in modern warfare.  Raytheon made its name producing radar systems during the Second World War. After the war and for the following five decades, the company tried its hand at numerous civilian businesses such as computers, semiconductors, microwave ovens, textbook publishing, and small airplanes, but it eventually dropped out of them all and now focuses virtually all its attention on serving military customers. Thanks to a series of acquisitions in the 1990s and a steady stream of new contracts, it is now one of the largest Pentagon contractors.  One of the biggest controversies concerning Raytheon has been its production of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), which was used as a delivery vehicle for cluster bombs, the weapon widely condemned because of its devastating impact on civilians. The company has also been the target of protests over its role in producing controversial drone weapons.  In the late 1980s Raytheon was one of numerous military contractors targeted in the wide- ranging corruption probe by Henry Hudson, a U.S. Attorney in Virginia. In March 1990 the company pleaded guilty to trafficking in classified Pentagon budget documents and paid civil and criminal fines of $1 million. In 1994 Raytheon paid $4 million to settle charges that it overbilled the Pentagon for an early-warning radar system. In 1997 Raytheon and its former Amana unit agreed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit contending that Amana sold defective furnaces and water heaters. In 1998 Raytheon paid $2.7 million settle allegations that it improperly charged the Defense Department for expenses incurred in marketing products to foreign governments. In 1999 Raytheon paid $400,000 to settle claims that it overcharged the Defense Department on an aircraft maintenance contract. In 2000 Raytheon agreed to pay the federal government just over $1 million to resolve quality-control issues on various electronic devices sold to the Pentagon. The company had voluntarily reported the problems after discovering “testing anomalies.” In 2003 Raytheon agreed to pay $3.9 million to settle charges that its aircraft division overbilled the Defense Department when invoicing the cost of liability insurance. At the same time, the company disclosed that the SEC was investigating fraudulent accounting practices at the aircraft unit. More than three years later, the company finally settled the matter by agreeing to pay a penalty of $12 million. Also in 2003, Raytheon agreed to pay a $25 million civil penalty to resolve State Department charges that the company violated export controls by selling military communications equipment to Pakistan through its Canadian subsidiary. http //www corp-research org/raytheon [re-extracted 2021/02/15] Corporate Watch Raytheon Corporate Crimes https //corporatewatch org/company-profiles/raytheon-corporate-crimes The Guardian 2011/04/01   US Military research funding   2011/04/01--https //www theguardian com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/apr/01/us-military- researchfunding Habib Siddiqui, Dr. Blogspot.  2016/09   Raytheon’s corruption in Afghanistan 2016/09--http //drhabibsiddiqui dot blogspot dot com/2016/09/raytheons-corruption-in-afghanistan html Youtube:  ABC News 2013/11/06  Egypt American:  Engineer says Raytheon stole his 2002 patent; on weapon locating https[colon]//www[dot]youtube[dot][com/watch?v=br2239gT2Q4 Excerpt:  A military radar system designed to protect American lives is under fire by an engineer who formerly worked for one of the country's largest defense contractors.  Engineer allleges:  he started 2004 lost job after he perfected engineer problems - cools missile unit-patented cold plate tech Book The Corruption Chronicles: Obama's Big Secrecy, Big Corruption, and Big ... By Tom Fitton excerpt on Raytheon, Obama admin corrutpion, lobbying, this link takes you to an excerpt on Raytheon https //books google com/books?id=foe4AwAAQBAJ&pg=PA145&lpg=PA145&dq=Raytheon+corruption&source=bl&ots=TWndsXju6n&sig=_aA4pObVA8y vIUQEivABjDABSaE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwifhcnSudrVAhWqr1QKHQ5FBG04ChDoAQg7MAY#v=onepage&q=Raytheon%20co rruption&f=false Reuters 2016/03/07  Raytheon must face billion dollar whistleblower lawsuit. By Jonathan Stempel 2016/03/07--http //www reuters com/article/us-raytheon-lawsuit-idUSKCN0W9270 UPI 09/02/2016   Raytheon sued by former employee over Afghanistan fraud allegations. Former Raytheon Afghan security forces trainer alleges he was fired after he tried to report instances of fraud, waste and abuse by the defense giant. By Geoff Ziezulewicz     2016/09/02--https //www upi com/Defense-News/2016/09/02/Raytheon-sued-by-former-employee-over- Afghanistan-fraud-allegations/6821472821108/ Findlaw 2017/08   Raytheon beats 1 billion whistleblower suit 2017/08--http //blogs findlaw com/in_house/2017/08/raytheon-beats-1-billion-whistleblower-suit html Law 360 2017/02   Raytheon Ducks 'Incomprehensible' $1B Satellite FCA Suit 2017/02--https //www law360 com/articles/891150/raytheon-ducks-incomprehensible-1b-satellite-fca-suit 2008/08/13 Black female vice president sued, civil rights 2008/08/13--https //www law360 com/articles/66079/raytheon-honcho-alleges-race-gender-discrimination Lockheed Martin Corruption/Issues Forbes  2015/08/31   Lockheed fined 4.7 million for fraudulent taxpayer paid lobbying with most corrupt ex- Representative Wilson.  By Charles Tiefer Excerpt:   Lockheed is not merely the biggest defense contractor in the world, it has a “chokehold” on the nation’s defense funding. This is a $2.4 billion contract for Sandia to run major parts of the government’s nuclear weapons complex in Albuquerque and Livermore, which were under Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Even by Lockheed standards, it is huge. 2015/08/31--https //www forbes com/sites/charlestiefer/2015/08/31/lockheed-fined-4-7-million-for-fraudulent- taxpayer-paid-lobbying-with-most-corrupt-ex-rep-wilson/#1145b1ee46c0 The Atlantic   2002/06   Uncle Sam buys an airplane. How Lockheed Martin beat Boeing. By James Fallows …for the biggest military contract in history—and how that one contract could change the way the military builds and pays for its weapons [notice this is in the year following 9/11; also notice the politicians listed who showed emotional involvement] https //www theatlantic com/magazine/archive/2002/06/uncle-sam-buys-an-airplane/302509/ Excerpt:  The live broadcast from the Pentagon began, and for ten minutes officials seemed to make a game out of delaying the information everyone wanted to hear: whether the JSF contract would go to the team at Lockheed Martin or to a competing team at Boeing. Finally James Roche, the Secretary of the Air Force, took the podium to announce the winner. "Both proposals were very good," he said. "Both demo programs were very good. But on the basis of strengths, weaknesses, and degrees of risk of the program, it is our conclusion ... that the Lockheed Martin team is the winner of the Joint Strike Fighter program on a best-value basis."  Before the word "Lockheed" was fully out of Roche's mouth, the audience in Fort Worth erupted and drowned out the rest of his remarks. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican from Texas who had come to show her support, leaped into the air and screamed. So did Kay Granger, a former mayor of Fort Worth 2002/06--https //www theatlantic com/magazine/archive/2002/06/uncle-sam-buys-an-airplane/302509/ Washington Post  2015/08/24   Lockheed Martin pays $4.7 million to settle charges it lobbied for federal contract with federal money. By Lisa Rein 2015/08/24--https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2015/08/24/after-allegations-that-it- lobbied-with-federal-money-to-block-competition-lockheed-martin-agrees-to-pay-almost-5- million/?utm_term=.e26dd7ca4faf Northrup Grumman Corruption New York Times  2015/10/28   Northrup Grumman wins 21.4 billion Pentagon contract  2015/10/28--https //www nytimes com/2015/10/28/business/northrop-grumman-wins-21-4-billion-pentagon- contract html Huffington Post  2012/11/19 updated 2013   The Real Scandal Involving Generals. By Robert Greenwald http //www huffingtonpost com/robert-greenwald/once-a-soldier-always-a-s_b_2161490 html Excerpt: What do Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman have in common? Each of these corporations is one of the top five largest defense contractors in the nation. In 2011 alone, the Department of Defense committed to spending nearly $100 billion with just these five companies. To put that in perspective, that is about the same amount spent on the entire federal education budget for 2011.  But these defense contractors have one other interesting statistic in common: Between 2009 and 2011, at least nine of the top-level generals and admirals who retired took positions with these five companies. In fact, 70 percent of the 108 three-and-four star generals and admirals who retired during this time period took jobs with defense contractors or consultants. These startling statistics are just some of the insights revealed in a new report and accompanying short film released yesterday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Brave New Foundation. Entitled Strategic Maneuvers, the report reveals the extent of the Pentagon’s revolving door phenomenon, in which retired high-ranking generals and admirals cash in on their years of military experience by taking lucrative jobs with the defense industry. 2012/11/19--http //www huffingtonpost .com/robert-greenwald/once-a-soldier-always-a-s_b_2161490 html Bulletin 2014/03/19   Oh, so that’s why we spend billions on corporate welfare https //bulletin represent us/wont-believe-corporations-get-away/ Excerpt:  Seriously though, this is a very real thing. Let me take you back to the beginning of 2013: Obama calls for a cut in funding for the production of Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles.  Why? Because the Air Force was actively complaining that they were “not only too expensive, but unnecessary.” Seems simple, right? It wasn’t. Both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees went into an uproar and demanded funding for the Global Hawk.Allow me to explain: Bruce Hock was a prominent staff member in the Senate Armed Services Committee at the time of the controversy. Hock’s previous job: executive and lobbyist for defense contractor Northrop Grumman. Oh, did I mention that Northrop Grumman is the corporation that produces the Global Hawk and stood to lose millions if funding dropped? When he made the jump into government:[Hock] received up to $450,000 in bonus and incentive pay from Northrop Grumman… according to disclosures filed with the Ethics Committee.”Hock isn’t alone. On the other side of Capitol Hill, a senior staffer for the House Armed Services Committee who worked for Northrop Grumman as a lobbyist, Thomas Mackenzie, received a similar bonus and severance pay worth $498,334 before assuming his position in 2011.”Let’s review: two of the most vocal proponents of paying a Northrop Grumman millions to produce something that the Air Force itself said it didn’t even want were awarded a combined  $950,000 in “bonuses” from Northrop. Hmm, they’re calling these things bonuses but I can think of another ‘B word’ that would fit here… 2014/03/19--https //bulletin represent us/wont-believe-corporations-get-away/ Bernie Sanders on defense contractors Sanders Senate dot gov Fraudulent defense contractors paid 1 trillion [Note from PF 2021/02/13:  Sanders was part of the Democrat groups engaged in far left antics against Republicans; connect the dots between why he worries about defense contractor expenses vis a vis his loyalties to certain groups who might have been cut out of the enterprises; who ultimately was getting the money and who was not] https //www sanders senate gov/newsroom/press-releases/fraudulent-defense-contractors-paid-1-trillion Updates 2021/02/15 more editing and additions;  2021/02/13 continued editing; 2021-02-04 editing, see Aviation Crashes for more info; earlier updates from rivergold dot net:   08/15-16/2017 page started
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