Thursday, July 30, 2009

Woodstock Makes Nuclear Submarine Components

Ametek Rotron Technical Motor Division of Woodstock, NY, is an "Approved Supplier" for Electric Boat. Electric Boat, a division of General Dynamics Corporation, is the primary builder of submarines for the United States Navy, and makes nothing but nuclear submarines. Current contracts include the design of the New Attack Submarine (NSSN), and for construction of the Seawolf and Virginia classes of nuclear-powered attack submarines.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Woodstock Produces Aircraft Carrier Components

In New York State alone there are 94 members of New York’s Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base who "received more than $118,364,280.26 in purchase order awards to produce components and provide services for the maintenance and construction of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers". One of them is Woodstock's Ametek Rotron, a small fish in a big murky pond.
Acccording to the The Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition:
A United States Navy aircraft carrier is a very modern, very mobile U.S. military base complete with airfield, hospital and communications systems from which the United States can strike at its enemies. ...
Aircraft carriers have been employed in every major and many smaller conflicts including Vietnam; Grenada and Lebanon; Libya; Operation Desert Storm; and most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq. ...
Modern carrier capabilities save American forces from having to comply with the arbitrary requirements of other nations. In 2001, it took months to negotiate aircraft basing permission from the countries surrounding Afghanistan. Carriers stationed in international waters can provide the infrastructure, equipment and staff to enable forces to undertake their missions without delay.
(; emphasis added)

In the picture, an F/A-18F Super Hornet undergoes finalchecks before being launched from the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Besides its contribution to the fleet, Ametek Rotron also claims to makes parts for the F/A-18F: see the example of Rotron's promotional material below.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Minuteman Nuclear Missile Test

As the Global Network reports, "The US arsenal of hypocrisy is poised for another launch from Vandenberg AFB in Southern California in the early morning hours of August 23. Our government lectures and threatens Iran and North Korea about the evils of nuclear weapons and then arrogantly continues to fire nuclear missiles from California into the Pacific Ocean. On August 23rd there will be another 'test firing' of a Minuteman III nuclear missile from Vandenberg."

Woodstock's Ametek Rotron supplied parts for the Minuteman from the 1960s on, was still doing so in 2001, and most likely has continued to do so. So Woodstock is contributing, in its small way, to the nuclear destabilisation of the Earth.

Vandenberg Witness is calling for protests against these missile tests on August 22/23.
A previous test firing of Minuteman ICBM from Vandenberg is pictured here.

Friday, July 10, 2009

On June 24 the Defense Logistics Agency awarded Woodstock's Rotron a $58,869.60 contract for 76 centrifugal fans. We're not sure exactly what these fans will be used for, but they're an official part for Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems & Sensors division, which according to its website "provides surface, air and undersea applications for U.S. and allied forces, including radar and surveillance systems, undersea combat systems and C4I, [and] surface combat systems and sensors..."

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Woodstock supplies more F-16 components

On July 2, the Defense Logistics Agency awarded Woodstock's Rotron Inc. a new contract for 3 tubeaxial fans for F-16 fighter-bomber aircraft. This contract is worth $1720.65, and is Rotron's second F-16 contract within a month. Should our community be making something more useful? More on Rotron's F-16 contracts