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