Iraq was costing us US$10-12 billion a month, and probably a total of US$3 trillion if you take everything into account. As the war wound down we shifted the expenditures to Afghanistan. These expenditures were profits to our military industrial businesses. Now we have to find ways to keep that machine going...so we are going global. After all, it's a global economy, isn't it?
We are looking at U.S. companies making some US$90 billion dollars in the next 10 years as they sell drones domestically and to foriegn nations. We use them ourselves to kill people that the President declares valid targets (without judge, jury, trial, or any other semblance of justice). We've already turned Iraq into a customer, and many others are sure to follow. [RT] Profit from Death will continue.
There is now a 58 member Drone Caucus in the U.S., with powerful members of Congress at its head. Caucus members have already received millions of dollars in campaign donations from "unmanned systems" purveyors, and more will follow. In a recently published study, the Teal Group estimates that UAV spending will almost double over the next decade from current worldwide UAV expenditures of $6.6 billion annually to $11.4 billion, totaling just over $89 billion in the next 10 years. [infowar]
That's a lot of bucks, and the buck stops at the top, whether it's Romney or Obama. Congress has the power to halt all international sales of American-made robot killing machines. It is an immoral business to be in but it's SO profitable, and doesn't our economy need every stimulous it can get? In a bottom-line world, the answer is "Yes, sell the damn things. It's not our fault if others use them to kill." Of course it will be a sad day when they are turned on our own people, won't it?
Check out the catalogues of these few. There are lots more.
U.S. Microjet LLC - Cincinnati, OH / Tele Air International - Oxnard, CA / JMP Industries, Inc. - Edison, NJ / AAI Corp. - Hunt Valley, MD / United States Motor Power - East Troy, WI / Alliant Techsystems, Inc. - Edina, MN