Officials Play Up Shutdown 'Risks'
Officials continue to play up the national security “risks” of the government shutdown, claiming it risks their efforts to shore up security at embassies and closing key training facilities.
But they got their robot submarines.
On Monday evening, just hours ahead of the shutdown, the Pentagon went shopping for real, dumping some $5 billion in cash into the bank accounts of various military contractors to buy up everything imaginable before the shutdown took effect.
Cameras, Reaper drones, robotic submarines, even a television studio and $19 million worth of cots, the military saw the writing on the wall: spending was going to be curbed, and they were getting their money’s worth beforehand.
The Pentagon’s splurge reflects the ample time departments had to anticipate the shutdown, and take advantage of everything they could beforehand.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Kurds Hype ISIS Threats With Eye on US Escalation - October 24th, 2014
- In Kobani, Kurds See War of Attrition - October 24th, 2014
- Rebels Urge US Intervention as Syrian Forces Near Aleppo - October 24th, 2014
- Pentagon: Iraq Won't Attempt to Retake Mosul for a Year - October 24th, 2014
- US Considers Bombing Oil Pipelines a 'Viable Option' - October 24th, 2014