Maryland to See Portion of $8 Billion Defense Department Spending Spree

New contracts obligated funds prior to year end.

On Dec. 28, 2012, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced $8 billion weapons technology contracts, reported a number of outlets, including NextGov.

The contracts were issued as concerns were raised over a $50 billion automatic cut in spending under the sequestration budget rule.

Lockheed Martin was awarded the vast majority of the funds in two contracts:

  • $4.9 billion for the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft
  • $1.9 billion for the 5th and 6th satellites in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite system.

Boeing received an $895 million contract for upgrades to the Air Force C-17 III transport aircraft.

Facilities in Maryland will see a small portion of some of the contracts as they participate in the construction of components.

Five percent of the $753,420,000 contract Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co received as an “undefinitized modification” to the F-35 Lightning II contract will be spent in Baltimore.

According to the contact language on the DOD’s website, this contract is “to provide non-recurring sustainment and logistics support for delivered and projected air systems” and includes “site stand-up and depot activation activities and the procurement of Autonomic Logistics Information System hardware and software; training systems; support equipment and spares.”

Lockheed Martin’s $17,106,385 contract for “undefinitized modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II low rate initial production lot 5 contract” will see five percent spent in Baltimore. This contract “provides for the manufacture and delivery of initial air vehicle spares in support of F-35 Lightening III program LRIP lot 5 air vehicles for the Air Force.”

Salisbury will see 0.6 percent of the $1,405,744,559 Bell-Boing Joint project contract for 17 MV-22 Tiltrotor Aircraft for the Marine Corps, four CV-22 Tiltrotor Air Force Aircraft anf finding for “long lead components required for the manufacture and delivery of 19 fiscal 2014 lot 18 MV-22 Tiltrotor aircraft for the Marine Corps and three fiscal 2014 lot 18 CV-22 Tiltrotor aircraft for the Air Force."

jag January 06, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Gross. It's remarkable how many billions have been and will continue to be spent on the F35, as if our current F-16/F-18 models aren't already good enough to blow the whole world out of the sky. Yet, of course, morons think PBS and food stamps are the cause of our deficit issues.
Darla Tagrin January 06, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Yes, there is always money for redundant weapons, but never enough for Americans who need it.
Eric S. January 07, 2013 at 07:33 PM
That's not as exciting as it sounds. Most of the F-35 work is done in Texas, and the money here doesn't employ that many people. AEHF is actually done in MD, or at least a lot of it is, I believe most likely still in Montgomery County. The people who work on that tend to be white collar technical people. I doubt it's new jobs, but it means you have smart people who aren't leaving the area. Be more excited about that. (Note: I used to work for Lockheed until about a year ago.)
Chris January 07, 2013 at 08:13 PM
The base designs of the F-16/F-18 are nearly 40 years old now. There's something to be said for keeping our military equipment relatively modern. Which is not to say that the F-35 hasn't cost a pretty penny.


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