Monday, August 31, 2015

Business as usual

Even though this blog has not been publishing details lately, the largest employer in Woodstock, NY, continues to produce essential components for a wide variety of weapons systems. The GovTribe website shows $1.9 million of federal contracts for Ametek Rotron so far in FY2015, including $1.1 million for the Department of the Navy and $620,000 for the Defense Logistics Agency. Of course this is small fry in the $300-billion-plus world of Defense Department contracts. But it shows how, even in communities famous for peace and love, our economy is warped towards destructive military production rather than anything useful.

As an example, a recent $27K made-in-Woodstock contract on 5/20/2015 was for fans destined for the "ICC Patriot". What's that, you ask? It's the Information Coordination Central (i.e., command and control center) for a battalion of Patriot missiles. The Patriot, made by Raytheon and pictured here, is a mobile long range surface-to-air missile system with anti-ballistic missile capability, whose primary mission is now the US Army's ABM system.

More than 40 years ago, Woodstock's main employer received an award for its role in the US nuclear missile program. This tradition continues...

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