Do you feel comfortable having supersized defense contractor Lockheed Martin managing the Department of Defense’s global data network? Too bad. They already do.
As announced on October 3 and after overcoming an appeal filed by a competing bidder, the Pentagon awarded the Virginia-based company the $4.6-billion Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) contract.
DISA provides information technology (IT) and communications support to the president, vice president, secretary of defense, every branch of the U.S. military, and the overseas combat commands.
“We are gratified that the U.S. Government has made its determination, and we are ready to begin work with DISA to improve the speed and efficiency of information exchange between our joint warfighters around the world as well as their commanders and allies,” said Gerry Fasano, president of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions-Defense. “Our team has maintained a high state of readiness to effect a smooth transition and an efficient, progressive path forward for the DISA.”
The word “warfighters” deserves special attention. Although it isn’t defined (presumably because everyone in the industry understands who they are), one assumes that the “warfighters” are the more than one million American troops currently deployed overseas. Over 150,000 of these are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, despite the fact that President Obama declared combat operations in the latter complete on August 31, 2010.
Is “warfighter” the way the government prefers to look at the U.S. military? In public pronouncements, presidents (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, et al) describe foreign troop insertions as “peacekeeping missions” or “operational aid to freedom fighters,” but in their intra-military-industrial complex communications they betray their true role as enforcers of the globalists’ martial mission to spread not democracy, but the market for the million-dollar materiel needed to keep the battle brewing.
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Photo of a Lockheed Martin facility in Bethesda, Marylan