One of my favorite places to look in on every day is the Department of Defense's official website and then to look at the contract awards for the day. If nothing else, it's entertaining to see where one's tax dollars are going. Not so entertaining, however, is what those tax dollars actually represent, for what we see is, of course, only the tip of the iceberg. Submerged below the surface is a vast mass of black projects and black budgets that we can only assume are tied to the surface projects that we see.
Consider this one, posted for March 2, 2011:
"MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
"The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is announcing the award of a sole-source cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification (HQ0147-09-C-0007, P00031) to The Boeing Co., Huntsville, Ala. The total award value is $109,900,000. Under this contract, Boeing will continue performing operation and sustainment services for two MDA programs: ground missile defense (GMD) and sensors (SN). The GMD portion of the award is $72,000,000 and the SN portion is for $37,900,000. The work will be performed in Fort Greely, Alaska, and Colorado Springs, Colo. The performance period for the GMD portion of the work is from March 2011 through August 2011, and for the SN portion of the work is from March 2011 through December 2011. Fiscal 2011 research, development, test and evaluation funds will be used to incrementally fund this effort in the amount of $10,500,000. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity (HQ0147)."
Well, to a Federal government used to throwing around a few hundred billion here, a few hundred billion there, a mere one hundred nine million dollars is pocket change (although I'm quick to point out to the Department of Defense that I could buy a really cool harpsichord for that amount of money...Call me Lurch). But there's the rub... a mere one hundred nine million dollars does not a missile defense system make. So then we read this:
Ok... now it's 18 billion. That's more like it boys. But Fort Greely, Alaska? Missile defense? Ok... whose missiles are we defending from? Russia, no doubt. China.... But it's also "close" to the HAARP facility at Gakona, and one wonders just how much of this missile defense money is going there? After all, Eastland, upon whose patents HAARP is based, indicated that missile defense was one possible application of his inventions.
For my two cents' worth, we're looking at the little surface ripples on what many be a very deep missile defense pond.