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Maryland to See Portion of $8 Billion Defense Department Spending Spree

New contracts obligated funds prior to year end.

On Dec. 28, 2012, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced $8 billion weapons technology contracts, reported a number of outlets, including NextGov.

The contracts were issued as concerns were raised over a $50 billion automatic cut in spending under the sequestration budget rule.

Lockheed Martin was awarded the vast majority of the funds in two contracts:

  • $4.9 billion for the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft
  • $1.9 billion for the 5th and 6th satellites in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite system.

Boeing received an $895 million contract for upgrades to the Air Force C-17 III transport aircraft.

Facilities in Maryland will see a small portion of some of the contracts as they participate in the construction of components.

Five percent of the $753,420,000 contract Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co received as an “undefinitized modification” to the F-35 Lightning II contract will be spent in Baltimore.

According to the contact language on the DOD’s website, this contract is “to provide non-recurring sustainment and logistics support for delivered and projected air systems” and includes “site stand-up and depot activation activities and the procurement of Autonomic Logistics Information System hardware and software; training systems; support equipment and spares.”

Lockheed Martin’s $17,106,385 contract for “undefinitized modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II low rate initial production lot 5 contract” will see five percent spent in Baltimore. This contract “provides for the manufacture and delivery of initial air vehicle spares in support of F-35 Lightening III program LRIP lot 5 air vehicles for the Air Force.”

Salisbury will see 0.6 percent of the $1,405,744,559 Bell-Boing Joint project contract for 17 MV-22 Tiltrotor Aircraft for the Marine Corps, four CV-22 Tiltrotor Air Force Aircraft anf finding for “long lead components required for the manufacture and delivery of 19 fiscal 2014 lot 18 MV-22 Tiltrotor aircraft for the Marine Corps and three fiscal 2014 lot 18 CV-22 Tiltrotor aircraft for the Air Force."

Sanchez January 06, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Maryland will also see a portion of that $3,360,000,000 in NEW DEBT to the Chinese, since we borrow .42 cents of every dollar spent, our children will be forced to pay with ever higher taxes. $16 TRILLION debt is not enough?
Commissioner R Rothschild January 06, 2013 at 04:52 PM
If federal government was a private business, with the exception of a handfull of conservative that actually "get-it", we'd fire the entire executive committee, the chairman of the board, and every member of the board of directors, and start over from scratch. This situation is propelling us with increasing speed toward national bankruptcy. I place blame for this on both parties, BUT, I place 100% of the blame for the willingness to continue to spend more than we can afford on fiscal liberals. -Commissioner Richard Rothschild
Buck Harmon January 06, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Our Country needs to completely bottom out...as it is...before any degree of restoration can begin. Anything shy of the bottom will only prolong the agony at this point. All the kings horses and all the kings men don't have the combined skill to put our Country together again...the sooner the bottom can be reached ..the better for our grandchildren. Perceived leadership has failed miserably at every level...including the Carroll Commissioners. Too damn many dumb stunts..
Sanchez January 07, 2013 at 05:20 PM
"We don't have a spending problem." Obama to Boehner. "Democrats look for up to $1 trillion in new tax revenues this year" thehill.com/homenews/senate/275815-democrats-looking-for-up-to-1t-in-new-tax-revenues-this-year#ixzz2HJMM1Meg

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