Aug 21 Lockheed won a $511m increase to an F-16 aircraft contract.Sep 29General Electric: $7.3m contract for 118 combustion cases for GE F-110 enginesfor F-16C and D aircraft.Dec 15 US Congress approves a $132m package of 120 ATACMS.Total value of selective U.S. arms contracts: $1,300.6 million from
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Nov 95-Jan 96The Turkish military has tortured and maimed countless people, killed thousands, and destroyedclose to 3,000 villages. Most people know about and sympathize with the plight of Kurdishrefugees! But the Turkish government has also repeatedly violated UN resolutions calling for anend its 22 year occupation of northern Cyprus. Yet the U.S. government ratified the sale of $132million Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) to Turkey for its own military ends, ensuringcontinued US access to Incyrlik air base in south central Turkey. Obviously, U.S. military policyis territorial to the point of ignoring blatant human rights abuses to further its own war economy.
Not only is there uncontrolled production and trade in arms, long after the end of the Cold War,there are an increasing number of joint military ventures. These result in new centers of militaryindustry and technology, many in flagrantly oppressive and undemocratic states. Recently, for instance, McDonnell-Douglas announced an $18 million joint venture with the United ArabEmirates (UAE), and successfully lobbied US Congress to approve the export of AdvancedMedium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) to the UAE, in order to clinch (and offset) anF-15 sale. This will significantly raise the level of weapons technology in the region.
To ease the further proliferation of advanced military weapons and technology, the U.S.Congress passed a Loan Guarantee Program in December, 1995 which will underwrite most U.S.foreign military sales and cushion them with a $15 billion U.S. Treasury (Taxpayer) liability.Despite much peace rhetoric, the U.S. government will spend $265 billion dollars on traditionaldefense programs in 1996. This is almost as much as the rest of the world's combinedexpenditure on the military, and roughly three times more than any other single nation.
Meanwhile, the "Partnership for Peace," one of the latest euphemisms for the extension of NATO and (therefore US) hegemony, has had the effect of decreasing the peace dividend andincreasing the arms race. Between 1992 and 1994, cash-strapped "peace partners" still increasedmilitary spending, allowing for inflation, at the following absurd pace: Poland 100%; Hungary10%; Slovakia 9%; Czech Republic 25%; Romania 690%.