Thursday, June 2, 2016

Woodstock sends weapons parts to Air Combat Command

Woodstock's largest employer has some new Pentagon contracts, among them one small but typical piece of business-as-usual (June 1) for 3 fans ($8,817) to be delivered to Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, the home of the US Air Force Combat Command. The "END ITEM IDENTIFICATION" for these particular fans is listed as  "COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM,COMBAT THEATER". Communications are a vital part of modern warfare, as reflected by Rotron's many contracts for satellite receivers and such like. The US's drive toward the militarization of space is one destabilizing result.

According to a commercial website, Woodstock's largest employer gained $2,603,158 in 79 Pentagon contracts in 2015, making it their biggest year ever for government weapons contracts, which are just part of their business. So a 70-year Woodstock tradition continues. But to put it in perspective, compare the 2015 federal contracts of the largest weapons contractor, Lockheed Martin: $175.1 billion.

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