The Pentagon allocated funds from a $ 1 billion allocation allocated to combat the pandemic, to defense contractors who used the funds to build airplanes, ships, bulletproof vests and uniforms, The Washington Post reported.
The funds were part of the so-called “Care Act” that enabled funds to acquire or manufacture material for protection and for prevent the spread of the pandemic.
War and non-health projects
The funds from the Pentagon, the largest public employer in the United States, were intended to “prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus,” but the Department of Defense, led by Mark Esper, began to dedicate those funds to deficiencies it believed it had in war material, almost immediately.
According to the data and testimonies reviewed by the newspaper, the Pentagon awarded defense contractors hundreds of millions of dollars for projects that had little or nothing to do with fighting the pandemic, as Defense Department legal teams determined it was possible.
Strengthen the military industry
Some $ 183 million was awarded to the aircraft engine maker Rolls Royce and ArcelorMittal, essential for maintaining the military naval industry and its shipyards.
Tens of millions of dollars went to satellites, drones or space surveillance technology; 80 million were awarded to a Kansas aeronautical company that was in trouble due to the failures of the Boeing 737 Max and the lack of demand for air transport.
In addition, $ 75 million went to General Electric subsidiaries and expenses were approved for relatively small items, such as $ 2 million that went to fabric for uniforms. Democratic lawmakers have called for an investigation into spending they consider “unacceptable.”