Remember, Defense Contractors are “Essential”

Rolling Analysis, HEALS ActRemember, Defense Contractors are “Essential”A closer look at the HEALS Act.

National Security,  | Analysis
Jul 28, 2020  | 1 min read | Print Article

There is a question that needs to be asked here: What does building more ships and aircraft or enhancing missile defense have to do with recovering from the COVID-19 crisis? You’ll remember that the defense industry was deemed “essential” earlier this year, meaning that companies could compel their employees to show up for work. And while some may agree with the administration that the defense industry is essential to economic recovery, these procurement programs have nothing to do with keeping Americans safe from a virus.

On top of huge research & development funding ($97.5 billion) and procurement funding ($135 billion) in FY20, we now add these additional amounts. Plus, we have just under $11 billion in “Defense Industrial Base Resiliency Funds.” What more could defense contractors ask for?

Wait, forget we asked!

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