Plenty Of Money For Defense

A Great Time For
The War Business

by Robert Rowsey

Things are shaping up to be good for those who work in national defense. While the liberal arts, social services, and education sectors in the U.S. today are facing budget cuts, more money is slated to be funneled into the military.

On March 17 UPI issued a story saying Northrop Grumman received a “$68.7 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the production of littoral combat ship gun mission modules.”

“The contract includes outfitting assembly installation, interim depot level maintenance, engineering support and sustainment services. The deal includes other options which, if exercised, can its bring the total cumulative value to $812 million.”

Maybe the “sustainment services” will include millions of dollars in “Navy husbandry” support activities like those reportedly at the core of the recent and ongoing “Fat Leonard” scandal which ensnared several high ranking Navy officers here in San Diego this week. According to the UPI story the contract work will center in “Virginia, Alabama, New York, California, and other states. It is expected to be complete by July 2019.”

Also according to the article Northrop Grumman got $23 million at signing of the contract and $500,000 is set to expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Littoral combat ships are vessels used to project power. Other functions include maintaining a forward presence, providing deterrence, sea control and maritime security.

The article also said littoral combat ships can also be used to support humanitarian operations, but with the current White House resident one can suspect they probably won’t see much of that,

Littoral combat ships from Northrup-Grummon.
Littoral combat ships from Northrup-Grummon.

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