$40 Billion Worth of Contracts for Guns and Ammunition Issued by Pentagon since 9/11

From AllGov:

By Iain Overton, Adam Jarvis-Norse, Jennifer Dathan and Mia Lombardi, Action on Armed Violence

In the 14 years following the terror attacks of 9/11, the US Department of Defense (DoD) issued contracts that, if fulfilled, would reach over $40 billion on guns and ammunition, according to research from London-based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).

A team of researchers at AOAV spent almost a year analyzing every contract published by the DoD between September 11, 2001 and September 10, 2015.  These contracts are announced week-daily on the DOD contract website and then archived. They should show any DoD contract valued at $7 million or above.

Highlights from AOAV’s data

– US DoD published contracts worth over $40 billion on small arms, ammunition and attachments (if the upper limit listed on each contract was paid, the contracts would total $40,164,323,221). These included:

*$ 4.2 billion on small arms (guns through to 30mm – $4,287,730,438);

*$ 11.2 billion on attachments (e.g. sniper scopes, rifle grips, mounts, tripods – $11,227,280,979);

*$ 24.6 billion on munitions for small arms and upgrades to production facilities – ($24,649,311,805).

– Of these contracts the Federal Procurement Database System (FPDS) shows that $20 billion was spent by 10/Sep/15 ($19,967,689,999):

* $3 billion on small arms (guns through to 30mm – $2,893,209,118);

* $4 billion on attachments (sniper scopes, rifle grips, mounts, tripods, etc. – $3,926,832,188);

* $13 billion on munitions for small arms and upgrades to production facilities ($13,147,648,692);

* Almost $10 billion was spent on contracts to modernise and upgrade ammunition factories.

– Over 1.45 million guns were given by the US government to Iraq and Afghanistan (1,452,910), part of $2.16 billion worth of small arms related contracts.

* Only 3 per cent of these weapon purchases were detailed on …

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