The September 11, 2001 have opened large commercial horizons for the American war industry.
There is talk of a turnover of about 40 billion dollars for the supply of arms destined to destabilized countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
A British NGO (AOAV) has conducted detailed investigations on the use of funds from the US government for use in the weapons in the course of 14 years, documenting the purchase of weapons under 30 millimeters caliber – the so-called small arms . The same British organization has found a massive amount of weapons supplied by the United States for the main theaters of the now infamous “war on terror”, which began with enthusiasm by former US President George W. Bush.
“Our findings raise concerns about the transparency and accountability of the US government when it comes to the issuance of contracts for the supply of weapons.” That statement is Iain Overton, director of the organization that carried out the investigation, expressed during the publication of their reports.
But perhaps most puzzling is this: “we also know that the US government has acknowledged that they do not know where many of the weapons are sold” .
One of AOAV research team has spent almost a year looking for each procedure published by the Pentagon September 11, 2001 and September 10, 2015.
What did they find? Just over 40 billion dollars in sales for individual weapons, ammunition and other accessories. Just under $ 20 billion to contractors has already been paid. Note that of the 412 contracts published, 137 – 33 percent! – Contained errors and discrepancies.
According to in-depth investigations of Overton researchers, ten American companies account for 65 percent of the total value of the tender. The first four industries were Alliant Techsystems, DRS Technologies, BAE Systems Inc. and General Dynamics.
Just to give an idea of what figures you’re talking about, just think of the revenue of the only Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri, whose contract is worth 8.48 billion dollars.
The final report of the data is absolutely accurate: 949,582 light weapons have been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan and other 503 328, amounting to 1,452,910 assault rifles, pistols, machine guns and other firearms not specified.
Yet, the Defense Department has published and listed contracts of only 19,602 of these weapons, just over one percent of the total!
In light of the findings from surveys conducted by the British team of Overton, it is well understood what a great business opportunity Sept 11th was for the American war industry .