Pentagon used taxpayer money meant for masks and swabs to make jet engine parts and body armor

Don’t worry — defense contractors are faring well over the course of the coronavirus. The Washington Post reports the Pentagon diverted $1 billion in taxpayer funds intended for pandemic-related medical equipped to defense contractors to “make things such as jet engine parts, body armor, and dress uniforms.”
Among the awards: $183 million to firms including Rolls-Royce and ArcelorMittal to maintain the shipbuilding industry; tens of millions of dollars for satellite, drone, and space surveillance technology; $80 million to a Kansas aircraft parts business suffering from the Boeing 737 Max grounding and the international slowdown in air travel; and $2 million for a domestic manufacturer of Army dress uniform fabric.


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