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DECEMBER 2021

Pentagon Spent $1Billion Fund On Defense Contracts, Rather Than On Medical Equipment It Was Intended For

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Pentagon Spent $1Billion Fund On Defense Contracts, Rather Than On Medical Equipment It Was Intended For

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In the US, a $1 billion anti-COVID-19 fund that Congress provided to the US Department of Defense to stock up on swabs, masks and other medical supplies appears to have instead been funneled to defense contractors.

The money was instead used to make jet engine parts, body armor and dress uniforms.

The Cares Act, which Congress passed earlier this year, gave the Pentagon money to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.”

Just weeks later, the Defense Department began reshaping how it would award the money in a way that represented a major departure from Congress’s intent.

When asked about the Washington Post story, Pentagon spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell noted that the CARES Act did not include any limits specifying that the $1 billion must be spent solely on medical equipment.

So, as a result only about 20% of it was spent on medical equipment.

“Defense Industrial Base uses would be appropriate as long as they addressed COVID related impacts in the industrial base, even in that portion of the industrial base not producing medical supplies,” Maxwell said in a statement.

“Following initial investment in support of HHS/FEMA [Department of Health and Human Services/Federal Emergency Management Agency] to expand domestic productive capacity for essential medical resources for COVID-19 response ($213M), the Department focused use of DPA [Defense Production Act] funds to mitigate adverse impacts to the DIB [defense industrial base] while HHS funds continued to support medical resources industrial base expansion,” Maxwell continued.

The Washington Post also reported that some of the companies that were awarded contracts received money under a separate program as well: The Paycheck Protection Program.

Meaning that the Pentagon was double-dipping.

Maxwell said it is “not in conflict or duplicative” for defense contractors to receive money through both the Defense Production Act and the Paycheck Protection Program.

Mandy Smithberger of the Project On Government Oversight said that the US Congress wasn’t specific enough on what the money should be spent and that’s why the Pentagon circumvented the guidelines.

“My concern is that Congress will often give the Department an inch and they’ll take a mile, and in this case that they may be taking an overly broad reading of the word ‘respond’ to imply other real or perceived consequences or risks of coronavirus,” Smithberger told Task & Purpose said. “But a plain reading and common sense is that Congress did not intend these funds to be used to shore up the industrial base, and if that’s what they wanted they would have said so (as they did for relief for other industries).”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren expressed her condemnation at how the Defense Department had spent the money that had been earmarked for the COVID-19 response.

Warren accused President Donald Trump’s administration of working for “wealthy corporations” rather than “working families” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Instead of addressing the urgent needs of a pandemic that has killed over 200,000 Americans, the Trump Administration is using money meant to protect lives from COVID-19 to pad the pockets of defense contractors,” Warren said in a statement.

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Lone Ranger

The Spice must flow…

John Wallace

Why is anyone surprised by this. Corruption and back pocket business deals are the norm which explains the need for trillions for defense budgets and a few million for education and health. Of course without those missiles there would be no need for education or health. Rome is burning again.

Paul

It is justified!

johnny rotten

It has been a long time since the Pentagram began to deal with business rather than defense.

cechas vodobenikov

in a military dictatorship the military decides

JIMI JAMES

They are the true dictators of mother earths,very much hitler mindsets in order to mass destruction:
When will the cia/soros trolls ever acknowledge that bold hard fact,there’s the worlds #1 problem:

Potato Man

“But the Pentagon used taxpayer $ to line the pockets of defense contractors instead of producing medical supplies.” LMFAO
US is capitalist country, but yet again who pay apes in Pentagon?
The Lobby system in US is fuking crazy…Like why an American President have to suck Zion in AIPAC….
Or the fact how KSA just killed 2000+ Americans but hey let’s invade Afghanistan and fuk the facts & proofs.
15/19 of terrorists were from KSA….LMFAO who cares they “have” oil but we can rule them.

I don’t even think this is a big deal…they send “aids” to Zion State…$3 billion annually….
BTW how much money disappeared when that one plane just when on Pentagon….

Hijackers. The hijackers on American Airlines Flight 77 were led by Hani Hanjour, who piloted the aircraft into the Pentagon.

THE ONLY TERRORIST THAT COULD PILOTED
I like how no-one really talk about which office got fuked….wonder why….before 9/11 “something” disappeared there was no record or anything about…..$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
User Clip: 9/11 Commentary on the $2.3 Trillion missing from the Pentagon
https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4681993/user-clip-911-commentary-23-trillion-missing-pentagon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SL2PzzOiF8

1B is nothing people….compare the amount of BS people don’t care in US….watch that C-SPAN video btw.

Fog of War

Because Covid is a massive worldwide scam. All the governments know it.

JIMI JAMES

This explains why usa is doomed in it’s deplorable failure+ worldwide debts,about time tax payers wake up!
Sure the corona thing is more the hoax than not indeed,that don’t excuse unless strictly for maitenance?

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