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Newsbud Exclusive Report- A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for August 2017

DOD Spent $35,654,013,000+ on 306 individual contracts in August 2017

The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $35,654,013,000 on 306 individual contracts during August 2017. This amount does not include 18 Foreign Military Sales transactions worth $3,090,162,000.

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES (FMS)Through FMS, the U.S. government procures and transfers materiel to allied nations and international organizations.

AM General received $2,205,926,405 for up to 11,560 HMMWV expanded capacity vehicles, equipment, and spare parts for worldwide FMS (first order = Afghanistan). One bid solicited, one received.

BAE Systems received $8,982,981 for FMS (Lebanon): technical support & sustainment for the Bradley family of vehicles.

Boeing received $7,407,625 for FMS (Philippines): six ScanEagle systems, support equipment, training, site activation, technical services, and data.

Boeing received $7,432,771 for FMS (UK): engineering services and technical support. Recently released memos show how the British government viewed the build up to the 1990-1991 Gulf War as a cash cow.

Lockheed Martin received $158,500,000 for Phase 2 mission system refresh efforts on eight P-3C aircraft for Germany.

Wyle Laboratories received $8,201,006 for FMS (Australia): F-18 program management support at NAS Patuxent River (83%); NAS Whidbey Island (7%); NAVSUP Philadelphia (4%); NAS North Island (3%); RAAF Amberley (2%); NAS Oceana (1%). Not competitive, per FAS 6.302-4.


Armtec Countermeasures Co. received $18,033,583 for FMS (Egypt, Iraq): infrared countermeasure flares (M206; MJU-7A/B; MJU-10/B).

Boeing received $222,549,505 to provide Saudi Arabia’s Land Forces Aviation Command with eight new CH-47F helicopters.

Kratos Technology & Training Solutions Inc. received $46,217,067 for program planning, and technical & instructional services to support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals. Work in Riyadh (30%), Jubail (30%), Jeddah (30%), Ras al Ghar (5%), Saudi Arabia; Orlando, FL (5%). Not competitive.

Lockheed Martin received $21,098,062 to provide USA and FMS (South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan) with PAC-3 contractor field support services.

Lockheed Martin received $47,819,931 for F-16 engineering & technical services. Overseas work in Bahrain, Pakistan, Chile, Jordan, Turkey, Morocco, Taiwan, Oman, Egypt, Iraq, Thailand, Indonesia. Sole-source.

L-3 received $8,889,043 for FMS (Kuwait): maintenance on three KC-130J aircraft. Includes logistics & supply and some equipment repair at Abdullah Al-Mubarak AB, Kuwait. Not competitive, per FAR 6.302-45.

Raytheon received $19,583,689 for FMS (UAE): prime power unit, an outside the continental U.S. trainer extension, and replenishment spares.

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV received $133,910,119 for FMS (Jordan, Qatar, Taiwan): Javelin containerized all-up rounds, command launch units, vehicle launcher-electronics, and engineering.

Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems received $108,649,349 for Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) spares for F-15, F-16, and F-18. Sole-source. Some FMS (Israel).


Bethel-Webcor JV-1 received $23,698,000 to design and build a Triton Mission Control Facility at NAS Whidbey Island.

Boeing received $16,880,154 for additional parts & supplies to maintain ScanEagle in support of Navy Special Warfare fleet operations.

General Atomics received $18,772,521 for hardware, software, & documentation to activate the organic depot maintenance capability for software management system computer software configuration item at Tinker AFB. Sole source.

Northrop Grumman received $19,894,544 for MQ-4C Triton engineering & analysis efforts to solve near-term emergent obsolescence issues.

Raytheon received $25,861,271 for Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) modification & Enhanced Electro-Optical Receiver Unit retrofit on Global Hawk Block 30. Sole-source.

Textron and General Atomics received a portion of the shared $499,000,000 (previously issued) contract for the Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program.


Syracuse Research Corp. received $10,073,000 for Counter-Unmanned Aerial System supplies. Sole-source.


McCann World Group Inc. received $524,100,000 for services in support of the Army Marketing & Advertising Program.


Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) received $58,336,334 for base operations support [.pdf] services at Camp Lemmonier (92%) & Chabelley Air Field (3%), Djibouti; Camp Simba (5%).


 Centerra-Parsons Pacific received $32,716,240 for base operations support services at U.S. Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia.

Dari Concepts LLC received $8,127,889 for line haul services in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) received $29,282,372 for base operations support services at Isa Air Base, Bahrain.

Leidos received $727,689,796 to support the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and Special Mission Wing (SMW) aircraft fleets, based in Kabul.

Raytheon received $7,829,640 for Persistent Surveillance & Dissemination System of Systems/Mission Video Distribution System at Shaw AFB and Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Less than a month after leaving office, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work joined the board of Raytheon.

URS Federal Services Inc. received $14,157,454 for maintenance, supply, and transportation logistics services re: Army Prepositioned Stock-5 in Kuwait.

Vectrus received $49,500,000 for base operations support in Qatar.


URS Federal Services Inc. received $12,138,173 for maintenance, supply, and transportation logistics services re: Army Prepositioned Stock-2 in Germany.


 Caddell Construction received $42,661,500 for construction of SOF Special Tactics Facility Phase II in Fayetteville, NC.

Jacobs Technologies received $771,331,825 for worldwide enterprise operations & maintenance for SOF Acquisitions, Technology, and Logistics – SITEC.

Lockheed Martin received $8,000,000,000 for Special Operations Forces Global Logistics Support Services (SOF GLSS).

SOLPAC Construction received $15,018,500 to design & build a SOF training center at Naval Base Coronado. The center will “support special operator injury prevention, rehabilitation… strength & conditioning, nutrition,” etc.

Trellisware Technologies Inc. received $40,000,000 for Advanced Tactical Scalable Mobile Ad-hoc Network radio systems in support of USSOCOM.


Xtera Communications Inc. received $36,540,732 for the Guantánamo Bay to Puerto Rico Submarine Fiber Optic Cable System. Not competitive.


Black Construction Corp. (Harmon, Guam) received $78,152,583 to design & build a live-fire training range, Northwest Field, Naval Support Activity Andersen.

Contrack Watts received $41,167,515 for construction upgrades to existing sanitary sewer system across Naval Base Guam and outlying areas (incl. Nimitz Hill, Naval Hospital, Polaris Point, Ordnance Annex, Apra Palms Housing).

Hawaiian Dredging Construction received $60,648,252 to build a two story regimental consolidated communications / electronics facility and a six story multi-level concrete framed parking facility at Marine Corps Base, HI.

Hensel Phelps Construction received $28,500,000 for a power upgrade at Joint Region Marianas, Guam.

Parsons Government Services received $15,000,000 for services to support the Commander Navy Installations Command’s Housing Condition Assessment program. Overseas work in Japan (22%); Anderson & Guam Naval Base (22%).

Tikigaq Construction received $12,841,000 to build a reinforced concrete Pacific Airpower Resiliency dispersed maintenance spares & specialized equipment storage facility at Andersen AFB, Guam.


Boeing received $7,789,953 for Phase 2 of a DARPA research program. Boeing and DARPA have worked together on many projects.

Northrop Grumman received $7,134,347 to help with Common Heterogeneous Integration & Intellectual Properties Reuse Strategies (CHIPS .pdf).


Leidos received $16,045,939 for command, control, communications, computers & information management (C4IM) services in support of INSCOM and Army G2 worldwide (Fort Belvoir; Arlington; Shaw AFB; Kuwait; Belgium; Huntsville).


Parra Consulting Group Inc. received $18,907,017 to facilitate the operations of the DIA Center Processing Center (CPC).


Battelle Memorial Institute; CACI; Envistacom; Fulcrum IT Services; Harris; Janus Research Group; Leidos; Manufacturing Techniques Inc.; WinTec Arrowmaker received a shared $480,000,000 for technical development, and technical & operational integration for Research Triangle Park, NC.

Draper Laboratory received $36,913,696 to help MDA evaluate, mature, integrate, test & demonstrate leading edge Guidance, Navigation & Control technologies. One offer solicited, one received.

University of Southern California (USC) received $8,236,324 for Phase 2 of the DARPA CRAFT research program. USC received $9,000,000 for basic research in quantum computing.


Northrop Grumman received $116,916,350 for logistics support on government-owned fixed wing special electronic mission aircraft.


Lockheed Martin received $9,419,067 for F-35 milestone event capabilities, including retrofit modification kits & installation for USN ($4,589,067, 49%); non-DOD ($2,219,000; 24%); USAF ($1,335,000, 14%); USMC ($1,276,000; 13%).

Lockheed Martin received $24,112,000 for recurring F-35 logistics services in support of USAF ($10,854,795; 45%); USMC ($5,866,310; 24%); non-DOD ($3,267,207; 14%); Navy ($3,014,706; 13%); FMS ($1,108,982; 4%).

Lockheed Martin received $28,784,100 for supplies & services in support of F-35 milestone event capabilities for USAF ($12,800,716; 45%), USMC ($8,617,376; 30%); USN ($5,282,268; 18%); non-U.S. participants ($2,083,740; 7%).

Lockheed Martin received $53,494,475 for supplies & services supporting F-35 milestone capabilities, including retrofit modification kits & installation services for USMC ($26,686,876; 50%); USAF ($11,208,674; 21%); USN ($9,480,536; 18%); non-DOD ($6,118,389; 11%).

Lockheed Martin received $427,088,637 for ancillary military equipment & pilot equipment for LRIP lot 11 F-35 for USAF ($152,080,223; 36%); USMC ($84,392,523; 20%); USN ($53,091,592; 12%); non-DOD ($81,671,979; 19%); FMS ($55,852,320; 13%).


Lockheed Martin received $11,893,495 for F-22 sustainment.  United Technologies Corp. received $149,931,292 for F-119 engine sustainment.


 Bell-Boeing JPO received $7,671,686 for MV-22 integrated survivability equipment & CV-22 directional infrared counter measures, computer kits, and non-recurring engineering & installation. Bell Boeing JPO received $31,980,025 to repair various V-22 parts. Non-competitive per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). Bell-Boeing JPO received $57,107,283 for engineering & retrofit of one MV-22 in support of Common Configuration Readiness & Modernization (CC-RAM).

Hensel Phelps Construction received $10,417,000 to extend Taxiway C concrete at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, to accommodate MV-22.

EAGLE (F-15)

Boeing received $94,941,782 for F-15 Radar Modernization program (RMP) radar upgrades.

GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics received $10,097,520 for F-100 engine fan duct spares.


BAE Systems received $8,720,500 for F-16 Advanced IFF systems. Sole-source.

NAVCOM Defense Electronics Inc. received $18,199,727 to repair combined altitude radar altimeter (CARA) radio frequency assembly. Sole-source.


Boeing received $323,500,000 for F/A-18 spare parts. Sole-source.

General Electric received $11,700,000 for F/A-18 alternating generators. Sole-source. General Electric received $13,515,000 for 369 A51 Aircraft Component Power Plant Change modification kits for F/A-18 C/D F404 engines.

Raytheon received $8,485,823 to repair 331 units across 16 assemblies supporting F-18 Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar System. Sole-source.


Lockheed Martin received $7,030,168 to repair 45 E-2D items. Sole-source.


IAP Worldwide Services received $22,000,000 for E-6B Mercury TACAMO and Airborne Command Post aircraft parts & equipment at Tinker AFB.


Universal Propulsion received $23,565,896 for modernized seat sequencer for Advanced Concept Ejection Seats II on B-1 and A-10 aircraft. Sole-source.


Boeing received $59,489,647 for B-52 Engineering Sustainment Program.

Flight Support Inc. received $7,212,994 for TF33 engine fan blade laser cladding repair.  PAS Technologies received $7,021,603 for TF33 aircraft engine cases.


Boeing received $11,149,153 for P-8A on ground repair events. Boeing received $14,886,391 to incorporate an Early Warning Self Protection 6th sensor engineering change proposal into 11 P-8A LRIP lot 4.

Industrial Automation Inc. received $23,970,323 for equipment to support P-8A.


Boeing received $7,127,000,000 for worldwide C-17 sustainment.

Rolls-Royce received $40,024,749 for long-term sustainment (repair, inventory, engineering, technical data) of C-130J propulsion systems.


Boeing received $7,685,083 for an air refueling operator instructor override study during KC-46 training.

Rockwell Collins Inc. received $10,653,761 for KC-10 avionics sustaining engineering services.


Boeing received $10,118,896 for engineering support services for VC-25A to provide automatic dependent surveillance broadcast out capabilities.

L-3 received $24,110,095 for business jet training services supporting maritime air patrol, “low/slow terrorist aircraft,” air interdiction & intercept, anti-submarine ops in Virginia Beach, VA (50%); Coronado, CA (40%); Kauai, HI (10%).

L-3 received $172,984,042 for maintenance, logistics, and engineering on 201 T-45 Goshawk aircraft, systems, and equipment at NAS Kingsville (45.7%); Meridian (41.7%); Pensacola (10.1%); Patuxent River (2.5%).

Rolls-Royce received $12,874,960 to provide AV-8B Harrier & E-2C/D engine systems & equipment with engineering & technical services. Not competitive.


Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. and Northrop Grumman received a shared $499,000,000 for work on Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program in Manassas, VA, and Redondo Beach, CA.  Lockheed Martin received $499,000,000 for Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research program.

Blacksky Geospatial Solutions received $16,430,993 for software, technical reports, and a demonstration model.

Boeing received $409,000,000 for next-generation thermal, power, and controls (NGT-PAC). Several similar contracts were issued in July 2017.

Teletronics Technology Corp. received $85,500,000 for a high-speed data acquisition system (HSDAS) at Edwards AFB. Sole-source.


SRC Inc. received $7,957,573 to help Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with multi-intelligence swarm sensing re: “Optical Sciences Research & Development.”


Cubrc Inc. received $14,361,831 to help Research, Development & Engineering Command (RDECOM) Communications - Electronics & Engineering Center’s Intelligence & Information Warfare Directorate develop & implement common core ontologies. One bid solicited, one received.


Radiance Technologies Inc. received $13,448,848 for innovative research in Huntsville, AL.


AAR Supply Chain received $12,893,604 for UH-60 turbine disks. Sole-source.

Airbus received $34,473,142 for UH-72 parts support and sustainment.

Boeing received $202,200,000 for 22 AH-64E helicopters.

Honeywell received $13,195,730 for technical, engineering, logistics services & supplies to overhaul / repair T-55 engines & components at Corpus Christi Army Depot.  Honeywell received $46,023,951 for helicopter supervisory control units. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $10,049,166 for UH-60 parts & Corpus Christi Army Depot technical, engineering, logistical, service & supply transition. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $52,901,965 to upgrade & overhaul the main rotor blade.

Lockheed Martin received $303,974,406 for two CH-53K helicopters (LRIP, lot 1), associated aircraft & programmatic support, logistics, and equipment & spares.

L-3 received $69,348,326 for work on AH-64: manned & unmanned teaming hardware and technical & engineering support. One bid solicited, one received.

Parker Hannifin Corp. received $95,828,750 to overhaul & upgrade UH-60 servo cylinder, pumps, assemblies, and hydraulics.

PCX Aerostructures received $7,794,600 for AH-64 right connecting links. Sole-source.

Raytheon received $10,724,180 to repair some H-60 turrets & sensor-sights. Not competitive.

Raytheon received $15,090,453 for 63 Smart Multi-Function Color Display B-kits for the CH-53E helicopter.

Telephonics Corp. received $23,294,344 for Chinook communication equipment. Sole-source.


Benaka Inc. received $7,198,200 for alterations to Squad Operations Facility (Bldg. B-140) and ALIS at the Vermont ANG 158th Fighter Wing.

DynCorp received $53,765,867 for aircraft maintenance, modification & aircrew support for Naval Test Wing Pacific.

Honeywell received $64,862,960 to repair, replace, and support auxiliary power units used on F/A-18, P-3, and C-2, and cover the main fuel controls & electronic control unit used on F/A-18, and the P-3 engine driven compressor. Includes less than $640,000 of support for FMS (Australia) F/A-18. Not competitive.

Mercer Engineering Research Center received $57,500,000 for an “essential engineering capability program” that helps Air Force Sustainment Center, Robins AFB. Sole-source.

Moog Inc. received $48,000,000 for miscellaneous aircraft components in support of various weapon system platforms. Sole-source.


Zodiac Data Systems received $20,000,000 for airborne instrumentation modular data recorder system repair (for F/A-18, V-22, F-35, C-130, MQ-4C, MQ-8, and various helicopter platforms) at NAS Patuxent River.


Alloy Surfaces Co. received $29,000,000, for MJU-66/B countermeasures.


General Dynamics received $12,070,365 for Missile Fire Control System MK 82 director and MK 200 director controller equipment (components of MK99 AEGIS Fire Control System).

Lockheed Martin received $23,418,877 for AEGIS SPY-1 Radar: maintain requisition support and furnish repairs & spares for 1,594 line items. Sole-source.


General Dynamics received $24,481,878 to provide LCS planning yard services.


General Dynamics received $8,770,000 for progressive dies for prototyping effort in support of the Columbia-class submarine program.

General Dynamics received $9,715,997 for sustainment of the U.S. & UK SSBN fire control system and US SSGN attack weapon control system (AWCS).

General Dynamics received $40,657,000 for Virginia-class main propulsion machinery control systems redesign, phase II.

General Dynamics received $64,217,408 for a large vertical array (LVA) fixture, LVA first article and provisioned items orders.

General Dynamics received $115,310,691 for additional lead-yard services, development studies, and design efforts re: Virginia-class subs. Sole source.

Leidos received $16,962,451 for Synthetic Signature Guidance (SSG)-based systems: ongoing engineering & technical services. Not competitive.

Lockheed Martin received $29,973,243 for two U.S. twin line towed array (TL-29A) systems & spares. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $71,457,135 for electronic warfare equipment for Virginia-class subs.

L-3 received $9,147,202 for TB-34X towed array (.pdf) assemblies, cable assemblies, test sets, engineering services.


BAE Systems received $8,693,823 for FY2017 & 2018 admin planning & program management for maintenance & emergent availabilities at Pearl Harbor.

BAE Systems received $19,542,695 for scheduled selected restricted availability (SRA) on USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53). BAE Systems received $23,972,577 for scheduled SRA for USS Port Royal (CG 73). BAE Systems received $33,649,414 for dry-dock SRA repair work onboard USS Lassen (DDG 82).

Delphinus Engineering ($9,782,230); ORBIS Sibro Inc. ($9,003,509); Q. E. D. Systems ($10,806,664); Tecnico Inc. ($11,092,453); Transtecs Corp. ($7,831,541) received funding for shop support, private sector, industrial facility support & capacity for repair, maintenance, alteration, and modernization of equipment, systems, and components onboard vessels, ships, and subs in Bremerton, Everett, Keyport & Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.

DRS Systems Inc. received $32,200,860 for items, engineering, & support for DDG 1000 Integrated Power System Low Voltage Power System.

Epsilon Systems Solutions received $16,995,948 for technical & repair services for Southwest Regional Maintenance Center’s product family divisions.

General Dynamics received $23,931,868 for USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) FY2017 planned incremental availability (PIA).

Global, A 1st Flagship received $11,425,212 for services & material necessary to operate, support, maintain vessels assigned to NAVSEA Inactive Ship Maintenance Office Bremerton, WA (80%) and Guided Missile Cruiser/Dock Landing Ship Modernization Detachment, San Diego, CA (20%).

HECO Pacific Manufacturing received $9,999,999 to refurbish, modify, and manufacture electric winch systems for maintenance platforms, U.S. Navy (82%); UK (18%). Not competitive.

Huntington Ingalls Inc. received $11,204,712 for additional material & advance planning of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) post-shakedown availability / selected restricted availability (PSA/SRA).

Huntington Ingalls received $36,447,717 for maintenance & modernization onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Not competitive.

Lyon Shipyard Inc. and Tecnico Corp. received a shared $7,200,000 for service life extension program of 676-class yard patrol boats.

National Technologies Associates Inc. received $23,437,244 for production support re: maintenance, modernization, repair, & overhaul of Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southwest, NAS North Island, San Diego, CA.

Rhoads Industries Inc. received $49,000,000 to make, install, test, maintain, and remove Navy shipboard machinery systems & components at various test sites at Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia.

RIX Industries received $11,868,823 for up to 18 MARC 350A low pressure air plants in support of ship alteration (S/A) 9299K during an upcoming Navy refueling & complex verhaul of CVN-73 in 2017 and CVN-74 in 2020. Not competitive.

Rolls-Royce received $27,270,004 for items and engineering & support on DDG 1000 class turbine-generator sets.

Vigor Marine received $18,067,920 for 76-calendar day shipyard availability for regular overhaul & dry docking of USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).


BAE Systems received $16,825,448 for two 57mm MK 110 Mod 0 gun mounts & hardware to be installed on Coast Guard Cutters. Not competitive.

Leidos received $7,161,834 for spares & hardware for U.S. Navy’s AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 surface ship undersea warfare systems in Norfolk, VA.


L-3 received $7,020,131 for MK 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System and MK 46 Optical Sight System retrofit, refurbishment, and upgrade services & spares for U.S. Navy (93%); Australia (7%).

Phoenix International Holdings received $23,345,713 for continued maintenance, modifications, field changes, and operation of U.S. Navy’s Submarine Rescue Diving & Recompression System in San Diego.

RAMSYS GmbH received €10,570,461 and $5,382,479 to provide the Evolved Radio Frequency Receiver affordability technology refresh in Ulm (94%) and Ottobrunn, Germany (6%). Not competitive.


Management Services Group received $11,855,248 to research “Improved, Flexible Infrastructure Compatible, & Open-Loop Air Cooled Computer Rack / Cabinet.”


Geodesicx Inc. received $11,472,892 for test & evaluation support, verification & validation, configuration, software quality assurance, web site maintenance, and support for SSC Pacific.

Ultra Electronics (ATS) received $12,454,779 to provide SSC Pacific with development / maintenance of Adjunct Processor Multi-Link Interface Unit (MLIU) of Command & Control Processor Common Data Link Management System. Sole-source.


CACI (Six3) received $29,848,193 for life cycle support of Red Falcon systems (e.g. Ship's Signal Exploitation Equipment Increment F and Cryptologic Carry On Program) on U.S. Navy ships & stations. Not competitive.


CACI received $14,940,526 to modify & configure new commercial software for NexGen requirements.

Catapult Health Technology Group received $10,111,130 for IT services / support for Army Research Laboratory, the Adelphi Laboratory Center and Network Enterprise Center. Work in Adelphi, MD; White Sands; Aberdeen; and Durham, NC.

LinTech Global Inc. received $9,493,920 for services assisting DOD Office of the Inspector General with IT support.


C4 Planning Solutions received $48,750,000 for engineering support services (incl. technical expertise & support, assistance installing fielded C4 systems, troubleshooting, tactical communications network analysis, maintenance).

Data Link Solutions received $123,446,064; ViaSat Inc. received $123,448,640 for production, development, sustainment of Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) terminals for DOD (99%), foreign govs & NATO (1%). Not competitive.

General Dynamics received $37,136,744 for full rate production (4 lots from FY2017-2020) of Common Aviation Command & Control System (CAC2S .pdf).

L-3 received $48,800,000 to inspect, test, and upgrade AN/TSC-156 terminals (U.S. Army and USMC versions). One bid solicited, one received.

Rockwell Collins Inc. received $13,000,000 for scope command program for High Frequency Global Communications System (HFGCS): to help modernize & expand, and help depot-level contractor logistics support. Sole-source.


Space Coast Launch Services received $11,387,859 for launch operations support at Cape Canaveral AFS and Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Wolf Creek Federal Services received $26,075,067 for range operations supporting communications at Patrick AFB; Cape Canaveral AFS; Ascension Auxiliary Air Field, Ascension Island.


Herman Construction Group and J.P. Donovan received a shared $49,500,000 to finish construction at Vandenberg AFB, Cape Canaveral, and Schriever AFB.

Herman Construction Group received $9,433,000 to build Building 3000, an addition to the NRO presence at Vandenberg AFB.

Lockheed Martin received $45,482,492 for military code (M-Code) early use software to enable tasking, monitoring, and signal in space for GPS satellites. Sole-source.


Boeing received $17,415,508 for ICBM guidance subsystem: sustaining engineering & program management support.

Boeing received $349,159,962; Northrop Grumman received $328,584,830 for Ground-based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD).

Booz Allen Hamilton received $91,499,780 for advisory & assistance services on BMDS cyber-security management and computer network defense.

Jacobs Technology Inc. received $4,317,327 for 1) products & services supporting concurrent test, training, and operations for Missile Defense Integration & Operations Center mission execution platform and 2) MDA enterprise communications and IT environment.

Lockheed Martin received $8,770,696 and received $21,858,842 for Trident II (D5) deployed system support. Lockheed Martin received $22,150,000 for long lead material, labor, and planning supporting FY2018 Trident II production schedule. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $9,451,695 to help MDA with development efforts associated with quantifying discrimination performance and evolving threats.

Northrop Grumman received $16,829,971 for ICBM cryptography upgrade.

Raytheon received $66,441,462 for Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) integration, test, and Aegis Ashore support. Sole source. Raytheon received $614,483,341 for 17 SM-3 block IIA, production support, engineering, obsolescence monitoring, tech baseline engineering, containers, etc.


Dynetics Inc. received $93,000,000 for small-glide munitions rounds, air training munitions, and telemetry kits. Sole-source.

Lockheed Martin received $161,433,900 for 150 Army Tactical Missile Guided Missile and Launching Assemblies Service Life Extension Program. One bid solicited, one received.

Lockheed Martin received $547,934,477 for 7,358 Hellfire II tactical missiles in containers, in various air-to ground missiles models.

Lockheed Martin received roughly $900,000,000; Raytheon received roughly $900,000,000 for Long Range Standoff weapon's technology maturation & risk reduction acquisition phase.

L-3 received $28,375,347 for 10,419 FMU-139C/B (.pdf) fuses & accessories for USAF ($14,542,553; 52%); USN ($3,770,094; 13%); Australia ($9,757,255; 34%); Morocco ($305,445; 1%).

Max Gray Construction received $7,200,373 for constructing load crew training and weapons release shops in Duluth, MN.

Orbital ATK received $156,831,389 for full-rate production of Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), lot 6. Not competitive, per FAR 6.302-1.

Raytheon received $32,291,652 for long-lead material for FY2017 Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) full-rate production requirements and spares.

Raytheon received $104,860,386 for Griffin Missiles.

Raytheon received $119,021,912 to help integrate seeker suite technology & processing capabilities into Tactical Tomahawk Block IV system.

SAIC received $9,582,613 for systems & computer resources support for AMRDEC's Software Engineering Directorate.


Bering Sea Eccotech; BERS-Weston Services JVC; Engineering/Remediation Resources Group; USA Environmental shared $235,000,000 to clean up munitions, spruce up ranges, and fix environmental damage in USA & worldwide.


Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) received $47,391,270 for maintenance, supply, transportation, and logistics re: Army Prepositioned Stocks-3 (APS-3) Charleston Afloat Program.


Lockheed Martin received $25,246,336 for development & production of a digital receiver exciter for AN/TPS-59A(V)3 Radar system.

Raytheon received $11,040,205 for NAVAIR Air Traffic, Navigation, Integration, & Coordination System (ATNAVICS) refurbishment & range extension.


AM General received $14,248,081 for HMMWV engines. Sole-source.

Atlantic Machinery received $31,000,000 for sweeper and scrubber equipment.

Caterpillar received $663,584,042 for commercial construction equipment. Overseas work in Austria, Belgium, England, France, Italy, Japan.

General Dynamics received $310,582,092 for Abrams M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3. One bid solicited, one received.

Grove U.S. received $121,890,993 for commercial cranes. Some work in Germany.

Ibis Tek received $18,061,974 for family of medium tactical vehicles 58-gallon and 78-gallon armor B-kits (and painting).

Navistar Defense received $8,129,532 to reset & upgrade U.S. Army’s MRAP MaxxPro family of vehicles. Firetrace Aerospace received $9,514,725 for MRAP vehicle fire extinguishers. Sole source.

Oshkosh Defense received $26,107,953 for various motor vehicle parts and accessories. Sole-source per 10 U.S Code 2304 (c)(1). Oshkosh Defense received $177,577,879 for more Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and kits.

Raytheon received $10,159,456 for Abrams Integrated Display & Targeting System (AIDATS).

Raytheon received $33,100,000 for the Firepower Enhancement Program (FEP), System Technical Support. Sole-source per 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).

SAIC received $11,269,218 to rebuild 3 command variant prototypes with Assault Amphibious Vehicle Survivability Upgrade (AAV SU .pdf) design. Sole-source.

Skurka Aerospace Inc. received $8,014,400 for direct current motors. Sole-source per 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1).

Veyance Technologies Inc. received $17,324,786 for M60 track assemblies and received $24,894,968 for Abrams track assemblies.


AMTEC Corp. received $77,726,075 for 40mm ammunition systems.

Lockheed Martin received $12,933,908 for Squad X Experimentation [.pdf] program to design, develop, and validate system prototypes for a combined-arms squad.

Orbital ATK, Chemring Military Products, Global Ordnance, UDC USA received $500,000,000 for non-standard ammo & non-standard mortar weapon systems.


Atlantic Diving Supply Inc. received $14,264,820 for oxygen generator, field portable systems.

Beshenich Muir & Associates received $36,000,000 for contractor logistics support services, Project Manager Close Combat Systems (PM CCS) equipment.

North American Manufacturing Co. received $47,653,125 for military folding cots.

Raytheon received $227,500,000 for horizontal technology integration; 2nd-gen FLIR & independent thermal viewers, and assemblies for servo electronics unit.

Trimble Inc. received $9,860,584 for 95 Laser Leveling systems, 95 GPS systems, four Army 120M road grader kits, installation, and transportation.


Northrup Grumman received $12,439,451 for laser range finders. Sole-source.


Coachys & Associates received $24,439,800 for USMC combat utility uniform blouses. Puerto Rico Apparel Manufacturing Corp. received $15,773,265 for various types of coats. Tennier Industries received $27,927,844 for camouflage parkas. Valley Apparel received $8,697,775 for men's sage green, fire-resistant and cold-weather flyer jackets.

The Original Footwear Co. received $8,135,490 and received $7,689,600 for temperate boots.


David Boland Inc., Drace Anderson JV, Fortis SBJV LLC, Sand Point Services LLC received a shared $245,000,000 for two-phase design-build general construction for a trainee barracks upgrade program.

John C. Grimberg Co. received $44,490,000 to repair building systems at Rickover Hall, bldg. 590, U.S. Naval Academy.

Kilgore Flares Co. received $30,792,909 for 1,260,638 (max.) simulator, flare, SM-875/ALE, which is a training flare for pilots and ordnance technicians.

Phoenix Logistics Inc. received $44,472,641 for Common Battle Command Simulation Equipment hardware & software licenses to help U.S. Army land forces train.

Rockwell Collins received $7,441,246 for contractor logistics support on Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircrew training device.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. received $16,401,574 for range facilities safety improvements at Camp Lejeune.


Camber Corp. received $14,958,266 for technical & engineering support for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosive Consequence Management program.


SAIC received $7,638,798 for engineering & test support enhancing counter-rockets, artillery, and mortars (C-RAM) and forward area air defense capabilities. SAIC received $11,285,621 for systems engineering of entry control point systems in Afghanistan.


Cape-Burns & McDonnell JV received $8,382,508 for cleaning, inspecting, and repairing of fuel storage tanks at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Pearl Harbor.  Weston Solutions Inc. received $7,204,805 for cleaning, inspecting, and repairing six fuel tanks at the Manchester Fuel Depot, WA.

Constellation NewEnergy ($32,965,603) and Centerpoint Energy Services ($11,846,149) received funding for pipeline quality direct supply natural gas. L.B. Civil Construction received $9,900,000 for natural gas system repair, Travis AFB.

Frontier Technology received $8,578,432 for projects supporting U.S. Navy energy efficiency & conservation, and development of Global Energy Information System.


American States Utility Services received $192,411,358 for additional utility services for water & wastewater systems at Eglin AFB.

American Water Operations & Maintenance received $22,885,856 to own, operate, and maintain water & wastewater distribution systems, Fort Hood.

National Grid USA Service received $14,235,750 for energy conservation, Watervliet, NY.

RQ-Blackwater JV received $42,372,000 for electrical shore and industrial power systems repair / replacement of Piers 2, 6, 7 and 11 at Naval Station Norfolk.


Dove Medical Supply LLC received $49,000,000 for commercial lab supplies. Sole-source. Draeger Inc. received $60,000,000 for patient monitoring systems, subsystems, accessories, consumables and training. Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. received $768,000,000 for digital imaging network picture archiving communications system products & maintenance. Medline Industries received $22,324,416 for medical surgical products. MinXray Inc. received $100,000,000 for radiology systems, accessories and training.

National Optronics received $7,000,000 for hospital equipment & accessories for DLA electronic catalog.

RQ Construction received $8,627,801 to replace air handler units, ductwork, infection control measures, and associated repairs in Building 1H at Naval Medical Center, San Diego.

Universal Hospital Services received $64,000,000 for maintenance & repair services on medical devices for Air Force Medical Services and received $84,000,000 for maintenance & repair of medical devices for U.S. Army Medical Command.


United Excel Corp. received $8,943,254 to renew & repair the Roll Dental Clinic at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.


Mark G. Miller Inc.; Falcona Intuitive Integrated Solutions; Strategic Enterprise Solutions Corp.; Ki Ho Military Acquisition Consulting received a shared $9,750,000 for munitions handling units and trailers.

Sea Box Inc. received $45,000,000 for ammunition grade side-opening intermodal shipping containers.


AECOM Technical Services received $95,000,000 to support U.S. Navy’s Environmental Restoration Program, NAVFAC Pacific.

APTIM Federal Services received $49,000,000 for environmental lab services in NAVFAC Southwest.

Battelle Memorial Institute received $8,000,000 for sampling and testing of dredged material following 2016 USACE New York District / EPA Region 2 guidance re: tests on material for possible ocean disposal.

CH2m Hill Constructors received $10,413,490 for Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) Military Munitions Response Program Remediation in Tyler, TX.

Gilbane received $24,933,072 for Parcel E Remedial Action Phase II at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, aiming to clean contaminants from soil & groundwater.


New South Associates Inc. received $40,000,000 for archeological investigations & historic services; history, archival & knowledge management services; Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act summary & inventory services; GIS and GPS services & modeling; historic studies; and collections management, rehab, conservation & curation services, & museum support.


Forestwood Farm Inc. received $72,000,000; HPC Foodservice Inc. received $97,650,000 for fresh fruits and vegetables. Social Services Missouri Dept. received $12,292,000 for full food services at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Sodexo Management Inc. received $13,653,110 for meals for USMC Regional Garrison Food Services program. SOPAKCO Inc. received $19,940,426 for modular operational ration enhancements.

DOMESTIC BASE SUPPORT - Base operations (a.k.a. base support services) usually involve a combination of: facility management, fire & emergency services, grounds maintenance, janitorial services, pavement clearance, pest control, port operations, utilities, vehicles & equipment service, and waste management.

Chugach Federal Solutions received $30,382,518 for installation support at Eareckson Air Station; King Salmon Airport; Wake Island Air Field, Alaska.

Defense Base Services Inc. received $21,486,197 for base operating support at NAS Fallon.

KJS MP JV LLC received $8,825,322 for base operating support services at Naval Support Activity Mid-South.

KJS MP JV LLC received $30,576,580 for base operating support services at Naval Base Ventura County.


Accent Controls received $9,599,688 for maintenance & logistic readiness of Army Reserve equipment / facilities, 99th Regional Support Command (99 RSC).

BAE Systems received $18,347,260 for ongoing supply support of Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) as it migrates supply processes & automated systems to a standard Navy system using Navy Enterprise Resource Planning app.

Summit Technologies received $250,000,000 for Mission Planning Support Contract III, mostly at Hill AFB.

Vanquish Worldwide received $7,125,000 for maintenance, supply, and transportation services at Fort Rucker. Vanquish Worldwide received $22,632,141 for supply, maintenance, and transportation at Fort Stewart.

Z Systems Corp. received $20,165,030 for maintenance, supply, and transportation services at Fort Hood.


CACI-ISS Inc. received $43,252,035 for Integrated Personnel and Pay System, Army: period 2/release 4 of increment II.

Enterprise Services received $7,293,539 for support of Defense Civilian Payroll system.

RMA Associates (partnering with KPMG LLP, Kearney & Co., Ernst & Young) received a shared $12,142,164 for audit finding remediation support.


Paragon-One Group received $14,061,448 for desktop printers, scanners, toner, and warranties.


Cardno-Amec Foster Wheeler JV received $8,133,847 for builder initial & re-inspection assessments at Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Camp Butler, Japan; MCAS Iwakuni, Japan; Camp Mujuk, South Korea.

GPA Technologies Inc. received $23,668,395 for engineering & technical support solutions for Advanced Ocean Technology Program, Naval Facilities Engineering & Expeditionary Warfare Center, Capital Improvements Ocean Facilities Program.


Eastman Aggregates Enterprises received $8,605,564 for beach erosion control and hurricane protection, Miami Dade County, Florida.

Joseph B. Fay Co. received $7,458,170 to complete the Charleroi Locks & dam river chamber, monoliths M-22 to -27 on the Monongahela River.

Luhr Bros. Inc. received $12,000,000 for stone repairs to revetment and dikes on the Red River (J. Bennett Johnston Waterway).

Trumbull Corp. & Brayman Construction received $71,006,901 to complete the Charleroi Locks & dam river chamber on the Monongahela River.


A West Enterprise received $14,949,791 for repair circuit 1 and airfield lighting at Sheppard AFB. Sierra Range Construction received $9,900,000 for new paving and preventative maintenance projects at Travis AFB.


Burns & McDonnell, Engineering Co. received $9,000,000 for architect and engineer services for DOD and civil works projects.

BWSC Emersion Design JV received $9,000,000 and received $9,000,000 for architect & engineer services for DOD and civil works projects.

HDR Architecture Inc. received $13,000,000 for architect-engineering services for large projects in NAVFAC Southwest. HDR Engineering Inc.; and R.M. Towill Corp. received $18,000,000 for architect-engineer services design for miscellaneous projects in the Pacific.

Jacobs received $30,000,000 for architect-engineer services at various locations under NAVFAC Pacific.

Pioneering Decisive Solutions; Total Technology Inc.; and McConnell, Jones, Lanier & Murphy LLP received a shared $36,000,000 for basic engineering services at Picatinny Arsenal.

Stantec Consulting Services received $60,000,000 for waterfront architect-engineering services in NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic.


Ashford Leebcor JV, Civil Works Contracting, Green-Simmons Co., Rand Enterprises Inc., SmartATI-KMK JV, and Tikigaq Construction received a shared $95,000,000 for construction projects within NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Hampton Roads Integrated Product Team (IPT).

Benaka Inc. received $10,885,000 for renovation of Bldg. 1850 (Wing HQ) at Westover Air Reserve Base, MA.

Bristol Engineering Services Corp.; Nordic Industries; CKY Inc.; Macro-Z Technology Co. received $9,800,000 for design-build & horizontal construction work for USACE Seattle District.

Bristol General Construction received $13,379,398 to design & build a Naval Operational Support Center at NAS Fallon.

  1. Rallo Contracting received $7,984,000 for renovation of hangar (Bldg. 1011) to include demolition, asbestos abatement, fire suppression system upgrades, and a multitude of other renovation procedures in Oklahoma City, OK.

Desbuild Inc. received $10,599,000 for Hangar 124 upgrades at NAS Jacksonville.

Gast Construction Co.; MDM Construction; NNAC Construction; Por-Mark Services; Smithco Inc.; TF Powers Construction; Versacon Inc. received a shared $56,000,000 for maintenance, repair & construction in support of National Guard activities in the state of ND.

Jacobs received $9,500,000 for multi-discipline engineering and design services in support of USACE Northwest.

M.A. Mortenson Co. received $27,780,500 to upgrade the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters Building 3606 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story.

Markon Solutions received $60,000,000 to acquire construction management technical support services for Washington Headquarters Services.

Opus Design Build received $11,089,703 to design & build a new consolidated support functions facility at Iowa Air National Guard Base in Sioux City, Iowa.

PM Jenkins Group-Professional Management Services & Uncle Dave’s Inc. shared $20,000,000 for construction, maintenance, repair at Fort Knox.

RCO-Ross Group JV received $7,184,971 and Tatitlek Construction received $13,920,953 for dormitory renovations at Sheppard AFB.

RCECM-Crawford JV received $7,500,000 for engineering in support of USACE.

Spectrum Services Group Inc. received $9,900,000 for Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineering Requirements (SABER) projects for a broad range of construction at Travis AFB.

Veterans Construction Enterprises received $45,000,000 for maintenance, repair, and construction for Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Works and other Seattle District USACE customers.

Woolpert Inc. received $9,000,000 for architect & engineer services for U.S. Army, Air Force, other military, and civil works projects.

12 corporations have received a shared $9,990,000 for multiple trade, general construction services at Scott AFB.


Curtin Maritime received $7,556,430 for maintenance dredging of the Richmond Inner Harbor Channel, California. Marinex Construction received $8,291,476 for maintenance dredging, Savannah Inner Harbor, Georgia. Mike Hooks LLC received $24,000,000 for 27 to 30 inch Cutterhead Pipeline Dredge for dredging in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Mobile Dredging & Video Pipe Inc. received $10,494,329 for dewatering, dechlorinating, cleaning, and disinfecting reservoirs, and waste disposal of lime and sediment residuals. Weeks Marine received $19,000,000 for Atchafalaya Basin, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and miscellaneous projects Cutter Head Dredge Rental.

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Christian Sorensen, a Newsbud Contributing Author & Analyst, is a U.S. military veteran.

A-RCI = acoustic rapid commercial-off-the-shelf

ECP = engineering change proposal

LRIP = low rate initial production

PEO = program executive office, the space where military and civilian officials direct a major acquisition program

SRA = selected restricted availability = implementation of depot-level maintenance and modifications with the goal of updating a ship’s technical and military capabilities

TI = technical insertion

*Editing consolidated similar contracts. Italics indicate notes from the editor.

**Any clerical errors are the editor’s alone. Each month, NEWSBUD presents a distillation of the previous month’s DOD Contracts. Check back regularly.

***To avoid competitive bidding, DOD invokes 10 U.S.C. 2304, FAR 6.302, and FAR 8.405-6. DOD uses 15 U.S.C. 638 to avoid competitive bidding when dealing with small businesses. DOD uses CFR 206.302-4 to avoid competitive bidding when dealing with treaties and foreign transactions.

Trump, Afghanistan, and 9/11

President Donald Trump, led by his generals, will continue America’s longest war in Afghanistan. On this episode of The Geopolitical Report, we look at the history of the war and the effort by the CIA, aided by Pakistani intelligence, to manufacture both al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Prior to 9/11, the US did business with the Taliban and considered them a suitable partner for a pipeline deal. After 9/11, the Taliban offered to hand Osama bin Laden over to the United States, but the Bush administration refused, preferring instead to invade and create the longest war. If we take Trump’s airstrikes in Syria and Iraq as a gauge, the escalation in Afghanistan will result in thousands more dead innocent civilians, every single one illegal under US and international law.

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Taliban closes Laden case

Afghanistan, the CIA, bin Laden, and the Taliban

Afghanistan: Soviet invasion and civil war

US Supports Taliban Rise to Power

Taliban Arise in Afghanistan; Quickly Co-opted by ISI

Enron Gives Taliban Millions in Bribes in Effort to Get Afghan Pipeline Built

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and UAE Officially Recognize Taliban Government

Did 9/11 Justify the War in Afghanistan?

War on Afghanistan is Illegal

Afghanistan War Has Cost Trillions of Dollars

UN condemns targeting of civilians, infrastructure as airstrikes hit Syria’s Raqqa

Deaths In Other Nations Since WW II Due To Us Interventions

Banker Wars: World War 2 (Part 1)

In this two part episode of The Geopolitical Report, we look beyond the myth of the “Good War” and examine the hidden history behind World War 2. FDR, often portrayed as the man who saved the world from the scourge of German fascism, began his career as a Wall Street speculator. Later as president, he worked behind the scenes to defeat the Neutrality Act and betray the American people and their desire for peace and avoidance of the evolving war in Europe. Roosevelt had J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI spy on members of the America First movement, a national group opposed to war, and targeted labor activists and others. As well, we look at the role a Wall Street consortium of bankers led by J.P. Morgan played in funding the Nazis in the 1920s.

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Newsbud Exclusive- The ‘Humanitarian’ Destruction of Libya – Part 2: Gaddafi and NATO, a History of Deception

This article is part of a three-part series called “The ‘humanitarian’ destruction of Libya” that analyses the 2011 war in Libya and the motives behind it. The first article contrasts the invented war crime allegations against the Libyan government to the very real underreported war crimes by the insurgents; the second exposes a history of deceptive terrorist attacks on European soil wrongly attributed to Gaddafi and the role of NATO in the war; and the third discusses Gaddafi’s plan at creating a pan-African currency as one of the central motives lurking behind the mainstream explanation of the intervention as a just one that sought to “protect civilians” from a ruthless dictator.

Muammar Gaddafi was born in a Bedouin tent near Sirte around 1942 to a poor family. Living through the last years of Italian colonial rule and Libya’s somewhat reluctant monarchy following its independence at the behest of the Great Powers in 1952, Gaddafi grew up in a time that the country’s political unity was still subversive to regional competition between Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Fezzan. Being a rural Bedouin himself, he abhorred regionalism and developed an ideology embroiled with nationalism and anti-imperialism. Amid a bloodless coup on 1 September 1969 that overthrew King Idris, the 27-year-old Gaddafi and his fellow Free Officers rose to power.[1] Unlike many Western-backed Middle Eastern rulers that have large amounts of natural resources at their disposal, the Revolutionary Command Council was willing to put the huge oil revenues, which skyrocketed after OPEC’s 1973 boycott, to the country’s internal development. As a result, Libya grew from one of the poorest nations in the world during the 1950s to the country with the highest living standard in Africa.[2] National expenditures on literacy, health care and education expanded rapidly under Gaddafi, while the government raised minimum wages and provided interest-free loans and subsidies for farming and the construction of houses.[3] By 2009, all in stark contrast to many African nations that are stuck in the Western orbit, life expectancy at birth had risen to 72.3 years, youth literacy to 99.9% and infant mortality had dropped to 14 per 1000 births.[4] A most indicative example of the employment of oil income to national development was the Great Man-made River (GMR) project, an impressive irrigation system that solved the problem of water supply through the construction of a huge network of pipelines that transports water from the country’s southern desert ground reserves to the coastal cities, where most Libyans live. According to a BBC 2006 article, “it is impossible not to be impressed with the scale of the project,” and “Libyans like to call it ‘the eighth wonder of the world’.”[5] Indicative of NATO’s war crimes in Libya, the “humanitarian” interventionists deliberately bombed critical GMR water installations, thereby disrupting the nation’s water infrastructure and leaving millions of Libyans without potable water to this day. According to investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed, this amounts to a potential genocidal strategy.[6]

More relevant to the story, however, is the fact that Gaddafi was willing to commit his country’s resources to the international cause of pan-Arabism. The new Libyan leader had an unlimited admiration for Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser, and he spoke about combining their strength to deter the imperial powers: “Tell President Nasser we made this revolution for him. He can take everything of ours and add it to the rest of the Arab world’s resources to be used for the battle [against Israel, and for Arab unity].”[7] Regarding the fact that Egypt and Syria had already foregone a short-lived political union from 1958 to 1961, this potential should not be underestimated. His hero died within a year after the coup, however, and Egypt’s next president, Anwar Sadat, was less concerned with Arab unity. Consequently, Gaddafi became the self-appointed guardian of Nasser’s legacy, nurturing the notion of pan-Arabism as one of the cornerstones of the Libyan revolution.[8] This made him an obvious target of the oligarchs seeking Western hegemony over the Third World, and therefore, he had to be demonised.

Enraging Europe: Yvonne Fletcher and the La Belle discotheque bombing

Despite the nationalisation of some American and British oil interests in 1973, the Libyan government showed no inclination towards an open confrontation with the West in the first years after the coup.[9] Gradually, however, as Gaddafi openly voiced his support for Palestinian resistance against Zionism, the Irish Republican Army’s struggle against British rule and the African National Congress’ battle against apartheid, the US started accusing Libya of supporting terrorism. It was only after Libya was accused of being directly involved in a series of terrorist attacks in Europe in the 1980s, though, that the US successfully managed to isolate the Libyan government from the international community.

While the Carter administration put the Libyan government on its list of state sponsors of terrorism, it was under Reagan that the situation escalated towards confrontation. In August 1981, the US’s Sixth Fleet shot down two Libyan jet fighters over the Gulf of Sirte, a territory regarded by Libya as its territorial waters but which Washington viewed as an international waterway. Although Reagan’s anti-Gaddafi rhetoric intensified, all Libyan crude oil exports to the US were embargoed, and American citizens were prohibited from traveling to Libya; the US remained unsuccessful in aggravating its NATO allies in Europe to jump on the bandwagon. That changed when Yvonne Fletcher, a London policewoman, was killed during a small anti-Gaddafi protest in St James Square on 17 April 1984. Although nobody was ever convicted, the British government and mass media outlets were quick to ascribe the murder to personnel at the Libyan embassy, located on the first floor at 5 St James. Ironically, it was a British two-part documentary aired on Channel 4 in 1996, which cites key witnesses, pathologists, gun specialists, audio experts, ex-intelligence officers and plot insiders, that eventually destroyed the official narrative.[10] The documentary revealed that an anti-Gaddafi terrorist organisation named al-Burkan, which was planning a coup against the Libyan leader, had infiltrated the embassy and that there were indeed 11 shots fired from there, but that the 12th bullet that killed Fletcher came from somewhere else on the square and was fired with a different kind of gun. Because the bullet entree angle was 60 degrees from the horizontal - not 15 degrees, what it should have been if the bullet originated from the embassy - the shot must have come from a far higher building. Drawing on two years of extensive research, the documentary makers unravel “a sinister plot” involving al-Burkan and German gun traffickers but also the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies, all of whom conspired to discredit Gaddafi and pave the way for regime change in Libya. Indeed, a month after the incident, al-Burkan and others tried to overthrow the Gaddafi government, but the coup attempt was beaten back by the Libyan army.

In early 1986, Reagan warned that the US would take additional steps to confront the Libyan government if needed. Not long after that, on 4 April, a bomb explosion at La Belle discotheque in West Berlin frequented by American servicemen killed three people and injured 200. Two weeks later, the US bombed Tripoli and Benghazi claiming that it had irrefutable evidence that Libya was responsible for the discotheque bombing, leaving at least 15 Libyan citizens dead. The main target was the Libyan leader’s headquarters. Gaddafi made it out alive, but his 15-month-old adopted daughter was killed in the attack on his residence, and two of his young sons were injured. The man charged with having masterminded the discotheque bombing was Yasser Chraidi, a driver at the Libyan embassy in East Berlin at the time. 10 years after the bombing, Chraidi - who in the meantime had moved to Lebanon - was extradited to German authorities, but a Berlin judge found the evidence presented by the prosecution so weak that he threatened to release Chraidi within three weeks unless more proof was presented. Exactly on the last day of these three weeks, Musbah Eter, one of the perpetrators that provided the operating instructions for the bomb used in the attack, confessed after having made a deal with the German prosecutors: in exchange for immunity, he incriminated Chraidi. A 1998 documentary aired on German television channel ZDF, however, discovered that although Eter indeed worked for the Libyan embassy in East Berlin in 1986, he paid regular visits to the US embassy and was most likely a CIA agent. Furthermore, ZDF asserted that members of a professional group of terrorists led by a certain Mahmoud Abu Jaber were involved in the attack, too, but had barely been bothered by the prosecution and had lived safely in other countries since the discotheque bombing. ZDF interviewed Abu Jaber’s right-hand man Muhammed Amairi and his lawyer in Norway as part of the preparation for the documentary. Amairi stopped the interview when he was asked what secret service he had been working for, but his lawyer continued the conversation. “Was Amairi a Mossad agent?”, ZDF asked. “He was a Mossad man,” the lawyer answered.[11]

Mission Accomplished: Lockerbie & Sanctions

Despite the alleged involvement of the Libyan government in state sponsored terrorist attacks on European soil, Washington’s European allies remained reluctant to imposing economic sanctions. On 21 December 1988, however, Pan Am flight 103 flying from Frankfurt to New York via London exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie shortly after it took off at London Heathrow. In late 1991, The US and UK formally accused two Libyan security officials of masterminding the attack in which all 259 passengers, most of them American and British, were killed. What followed was a series of UN Security Council resolutions demanding the extradition of the suspects. When Libya rejected these demands as a violation of its national sovereignty, the Security Council and the US congress both imposed severe sanctions on Libya. After many countries worldwide started to oppose the sanctions and the Organisation of African Unity in 1998 announced that its members would no longer enforce the UN sanctions unless America and Britain agreed to hold the trial of the Lockerbie suspects in a neutral country, the US, UK and Libya came to the agreement to hold a trial in The Hague in the Netherlands. The verdict acquitted one of the two suspects but found the other, Abdel Basset Ali Muhammad al-Megrahi, guilty.[12]

It turns out that one of the key prosecution witnesses at al-Megrahi’s trial, a Maltese shopkeeper who identified al-Megrahi as buying clothes from him that were found in the suitcase which allegedly carried the bomb, was paid $2 million by the US Department of Justice.[13] The shopkeeper also failed several times to identify al-Megrahi, only “recognising” him after having seen his photo in a magazine and being shown the same photo in court.[14] In addition, a chief Scottish investigator declared in 2005 that the main piece of evidence, the bomb timer, had been planted at the crime scene by a CIA agent.[15] In 2007, the expert who had analysed the bomb timer for the court admitted that he had lied at the trial, had manufactured the timer himself and had given it to a Lockerbie investigator. Moreover, the fragment he identified was never tested for residue of explosives, although it was the only evidence of possible Libyan involvement.[16] Finally, a London Heathrow airport security guard revealed that Pan Am’s luggage area had been broken into 17 hours before the flight, which suggests that the bomb was planted at Heathrow, not by al-Megrahi in Malta from where it would have had to bypass the security systems of two additional airports and in total would have travelled on three different planes before exploding.[17]

There are several theories about who exactly was responsible for the terrible crime. Some put forward circumstantial evidence that the bombing was a retaliatory attack by Iran and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command in reaction to the shooting down of an equally large Iranian plane over the Persian Gulf by a US warship a couple months earlier;[18] others suspect CIA and/or Mossad involvement.[19] But many are certain of one thing: al-Megrahi was innocent, and Libya was not responsible. This includes Hans Köchler, an Austrian professor who was appointed by the UN as international observer at the trial in The Hague, who called the trial “a spectacular miscarriage of justice.”[20]

Reconciliation and Betrayal

From the 1990s onwards, reconciliation gradually gained the upperhand over animosity. Libya suffered badly under the Washington-led isolation and was therefore willing to make concessions. After the Libyan government in 1999 agreed to hand over the two Lockerbie suspects and concurred with paying compensation to the relatives of Yvonne Fletcher and the victims or UTA flight 722 - a French airliner downed in a similar manner as Pan Am flight 103 in 1989 of which Libya was also (in all likelihood falsely)[21] accused - the US acquiesced to the suspension of the UN sanctions. In exchange for Libya paying compensation to the Lockerbie victims as well - but not accepting responsibility - and agreeing to give up its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program, the UN sanctions were officially lifted in 2003, and the US promised to suspend its own sanctions, most of which were lifted in 2004. Finally, during a 2006 trip to the country, Congressman Tom Lantos met with Gaddafi and announced that Libya had been removed from the US list of sponsors of terrorism.

Mutual distrust lingered on, however. Although the isolation was over in official terms, bilateral relations remained cumbersome. Clear from a statement he made in 1999, Gaddafi remained hostile to the dominant American worldview:

“America unfortunately treats us as if the world was the way it used to be [before the fall of the Soviet Union]. Some analysts call this a new colonialism. But colonialism is colonialism, and it is always unjust. It is how we were treated by the Italians, Algeria by the French, India by the British. This is imperialism, and we seem to be entering a new imperialist era. The cause of our conflict with America is not that we attacked them. We have never attacked an American target. America started the aggression against us right here in the Gulf of Sirte. When we defended ourselves, they attacked us in these very tents. We were bombed by missiles in our own territorial waters. In 1986 our own children were killed. No one can bring my daughter back to me. Then Lockerbie came along. Now we would like this chain of events to be over. But America does not want to turn the page. We shall, however, show courage and be patient, and America will be the loser.”[22] (emphasis added)

Gaddafi’s reservations about reconciliation - he often appeared to show regret for some of the compromises he made for which Libya received very little in return, especially giving up his WMD program as a deterrent to Western aggression - were likely not unfounded. In a 2007 interview, retired four-star US General Wesley Clark revealed that several Middle Eastern countries, including Libya, were already on the Pentagon’s imperialist drawing board in the immediate wake of 9/11:

“I [General Clark] came back to see him [a general of the Joint Chiefs of Staff], and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said: ‘Are we still going to war with Iraq?’ And he said: ‘Oh it is worse than that.’ He reached over on his desk and picked up a piece of paper. He said: ‘I just got this down from upstairs [meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office] today. This is a memo that describes how we are going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.’”[23]

Flash forward to 2011. With the adoption of UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 in March, NATO embarked on a seven months-long military adventure under the guise of “protecting civilians,” leaving behind a trail of destruction with Sirte bombed back to the stone ages. After Operation Unified Protector had officially come to an end on 31 October 2011, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen concluded that “we have carried out this operation very carefully, without confirmed civilian casualties,”[24] and NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu claimed that “no target was approved or attacked if we had any evidence or reason to believe that civilians were at risk.”[25] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, too, rejected claims that NATO had exceeded its mandate, asserting that “Security Council resolution 1973, I believe, was strictly enforced within the limit, within the mandate.”[26] That this is categorically false is substantiated even by the most pro-interventionist institutions that investigated NATO’s military campaign in retrospect. Human Rights Watch,[27] Amnesty International[28] and the New York Times[29] have all amply documented NATO airstrikes in which, if not deliberately at least knowing full well the likelihood of “collateral damage,” numerous civilians were killed. A report published by Middle Eastern human rights groups after a fact-finding mission to Libya even implicated NATO in war crimes, referring to “a NATO attack on 15 September which resulted in the death of 57-59 individuals, of whom approximately 47 were civilians.” The report described how two jeeps carrying combatants were destroyed by NATO air fire in Sirte, after which a large crowd of civilians flocked to the scene in an attempt to rescue survivors and retrieve the dead. Five minutes later, a third missile targeted the exclusively civilian crowd, killing 47 of them.[30] NATO’s operational media update for 15 September noted the destruction of the two armed vehicles but made no mention of the large swathes of civilians it had just slaughtered.[31]

Gaddafi’s Death: “We came, we saw, he died.”

The above-mentioned 15 September attack does not only illustrate the ruthlessness of NATO’s military campaign, it also signals its importance as a necessary accessory to the advances of the rebel fighters, especially in the final battle of the war in Sirte. Whereas the insurgents were allowed to freely move tanks into place to surround and enter the last Gaddafi stronghold, any attempt by government forces to move as much as a jeep was met with NATO air fire. So when a convoy of 75 vehicles leaving the scene of the battle was intercepted and attacked by a US predator drone and French jets on the morning of 20 October, NATO did not elaborate on how the convoy was posing a threat to the local population. Although “an intelligence breakthrough” allowed NATO forces to pinpoint Gaddafi’s location a week prior to the attack according to the Telegraph,[32] the military alliance supposedly did not know the Libyan leader was in one of the convoy trucks fleeing Sirte.

The Telegraph had previously already reported that SAS commandos (British special forces) “dressed in Arab civilian clothing and wearing the same weapons as the rebels [...] were spearheading the hunt for Col Muammar Gaddafi.”[33] As NATO had repeatedly bombed Gaddafi compounds during the war (and as we have seen above, before the war, too), and as the US government internally discussed covert action to assassinate Gaddafi as early as 1969 according to the memoirs of Henry Kissinger,[34] this means that Western involvement in Gaddafi’s brutal murder in the streets of Sirte is at least plausible. Indeed, according to Mahmoud Jibril, then interim prime minister of the rebel-led National Transition Council, “it was a foreign agent who mixed with the revolutionary brigades to kill Gaddafi.”[35] Either way, the Western war hawks probably did not mourn the death of the Libyan leader, judging from then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s first reaction to the death of Gaddafi. Followed by an arrogant laugh, she concluded: “We came, we saw, he died.”[36]

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Bas Spliet, Newsbud  Analyst,  is a bachelor’s student History and Arabic at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He is interested in geopolitics, focusing most of his time in getting a better understanding of wars in the Middle East. His analyses can be found He can be reached at


[1] Maximilian Forte, Slouching towards Sirte: NATO’s war on Libya and Africa (Montreal: Baraka Books, 2012), 35-41.

[2] “The standard of living in Libya - compilation of data, studies, articles and videos,” Global Civilians for Peace in Libya, 09.11.2011,

[3] Dirk Vandewalle, A history of modern Libya, 2nd ed. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 87-95.

[4] “The standard of living in Libya.”

[5] John Watkins, “Libya’s thirst for ‘fossil water’,” BBC, 18.03.2016,

[6] Nafeez Ahmed, “War crime: NATO deliberately destroyed Libya’s water infrastructure,” Truth Out, 30.05.2015,

[7] Mohammed Heikal, The road to Ramadan (New York: Quadrangle / New York Times Company, 1975), 70.

[8] Vandewalle, A history of modern Libya, 79.

[9] Vandewalle, A history of modern Libya, 128-30.

[10] Murder in St James’s, produced and directed by Richard Belfield (Channel 4: Dispatches, 1996), available in full at

[11] “German TV exposed CIA, Mossad links to 1986 Berlin disco bombing,” Word Socialist Web Site, 27.08.1998,

[12] Vandewalle, A history of modern Libya, 167-9.

[13] Gordon Rayner, “Lockerbie bombing: are these the men who really brought down Pan Am 103?”, Telegraph, 10.03.2014,

[14] Robert McFadden, “Megrahi, convicted in 1988 Lockerbie bombing, dies at 60,” New York Times, 20.05.2012,

[15] “Police chief - Lockerbie evidence was faked,” Scotsman, 28.08.2005,

[16] McFadden, “Megrahi.”

[17] McFadden, “Megrahi.”

[18] Rayner, “Lockerbie bombing;” Alexander Zaitchik, “The truth about the Lockerbie bombing - and the censored film that dared to reveal it,” Alternet, 15.12.2014,; John Ashton and Ian Ferguson, “Flight from the truth,” Guardian, 27.06.2001,

[19] “What if they are innocent?”, Guardian, 27.04.1999,; Maidhc Ó’Cathail, “Deception over Lockerbie,” Global Research, 27.12.2009,; Cem Ertür, “Propaganda alert: the Lockerbie bombing. Who was behind it? Libya, Iran … or the CIA?”, Global Research, 12.10.2014,

[20] “UN Observer: Lockerbie trial a US/UK CIA fake “a spectacular miscarriage of justice,” William Bowles, 14.10.2005,

[21] Pierre Péan, “Les preuves trafiquées du terrorisme Libyen,” Monde Diplomatique, March 2001, Translated to English: Pierre Péan, “Tainted evidence of Libyan terrorism,” UNA Bombers,

[22] Quoted in Forte, Slouching towards Sirte, 79.

[23] Amy Goodman, interview with Wesley Clark, Daily Show, Democracy Now, 02.03.2007, available online: “Gen. Wesley Clark weighs presidential bid: ‘I think about it every day’,” Democracy Now, 02.03.2007,

[24] Rachel Shabi, “NATO accused of war crimes in Libya,” Independent, 19.1.2012,

[25] Human Rights Watch, Unacknowledged deaths: civilian casualties in NATO’s air campaign in Libya, 13.05.2012,

[26] Shabi, “NATO accused of war crimes in Libya.”

[27] Human Rights Watch, Unacknowledged deaths.

[28] Amnesty International, Libya: the forgotten victims of NATO airstrikes, March 2012,

[29] C.J. Chivers and Eric Smith, “In strikes on Libya by NATO, an unspoken civilian toll,” New York Times, 17.12.2011,

[30] Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Arab Organization for Human Rights and International Legal Assistance Consortium, Report of the Independent Civil Society Fact-Finding Mission to Libya, 44-6, January 2012,

[31] NATO, NATO and Libya: operational media update for 15 September,

[32] Thomas Harding, “Col Gaddafi killed: convoy bombed by drone flown by pilot in Las Vegas,” Telegraph, 20.10.2011,

[33] Thomas Harding, Gordon Rayner and Damien McElroy, “Libya: SAS leads hunt for Gaddafi,” Telegraph, 24.08.2011,

[34] Bill van Auken, “The murderer calls for an investigation into the crime,” SWAPO, 24.10.2011,

[35] Peter Allen, “Gaddafi was killed by French secret serviceman on orders of Nicolas Sarkozy, sources claim,” Daily Mail, 30.09.2012,

[36] “Hillary Clinton on Gaddafi: We came, we saw, he died,” Youtube channel of FederalJacktube6, 20.10.2011, consulted on 14.02.2017,

Newsbud Community Exclusive-“The Pentagon’s New Rules for Killing Africans”

On this Newsbud Community Members Exclusive Edition Kurt Nimmo looks at the rush to move into Africa and exploit its abundance of natural resources. President Trump has opened a new front on the continent and has authorized without congressional approval additional military operations in Somalia against al-Shabaab. Prior to this, AFRICOM, the United States African Command, US Special Forces readied for deployment to fight the terror group Boko Haram. The US wants to reduce the activity of its main competitor in Africa, China, in particular its undermining of the globalist loan sharking operations run by the World Bank and the IMF. Donald Trump will allow AFRICOM to continue its attacks and raids in Somalia and elsewhere in Africa resulting in death and misery for the people of Africa.

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Trump authorizes more aggressive airstrikes against al-Shabab in Somalia

Pentagon seeks to expand fight against extremists in Somalia

US AFRICOM Commander Calls for “Huge” Military Campaign in West Africa

The president who loved generals: Trump’s foreign policy will be led by the military, not diplomats

Trump transition team reviewing military rules of engagement

Trump gives military more authority to launch Somalia strikes

Trump Eases Combat Rules in Somalia Intended to Protect Civilians

AFRICOM’s Secret Empire: US Military Turns Africa Into ‘Laboratory’ Of Modern Warfare

US military Africa Command – AFRICOM

Mali and AFRICOM’s Africa Agenda: Target China

Yemen: Reported US Covert Actions 2016

Trump’s head-spinning and secret plans for foreign policy

AFRICOM and the USA’s Hidden Battle for Africa

The Militarization of the African Continent: AFRICOM Expands Operations in Cooperation With Europe

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Nothing Is Real: When Reality TV Programming Masquerades as Politics

A Phenomenon Called “Humilitainment”

“There are two ways by which the spirit of a culture may be shriveled. In the first—the Orwellian—culture becomes a prison. In the second—the Huxleyan—culture becomes a burlesque. No one needs to be reminded that our world is now marred by many prison-cultures…. it makes little difference if our wardens are inspired by right- or left-wing ideologies. The gates of the prison are equally impenetrable, surveillance equally rigorous, icon-worship pervasive…. Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours…. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.”— Professor Neil Postman

Donald Trump no longer needs to launch Trump TV.

He’s already the star of his own political reality show.

Americans have a voracious appetite for TV entertainment, and the Trump reality show—guest starring outraged Democrats with a newly awakened conscience for immigrants and the poor, power-hungry Republicans eager to take advantage of their return to power, and a hodgepodge of other special interest groups with dubious motives—feeds thatappetite for titillating, soap opera drama.

After all, who needs the insults, narcissism and power plays that are hallmarks of reality shows such as Celebrity Apprentice or Keeping Up with the Kardashians when you can have all that and more delivered up by the likes of Donald Trump and his cohorts?

Yet as John Lennon reminds us, “nothing is real,” especially not in the world of politics.

Much like the fabricated universe in Peter Weir’s 1998 film The Truman Show, in which a man’s life is the basis for an elaborately staged television show aimed at selling products and procuring ratings, the political scene in the United States has devolved over the years into a carefully calibrated exercise in how to manipulate, polarize, propagandize and control a population.

Indeed, Donald Trump may be the smartest move yet by the powers-that-be to keep the citizenry divided and at each other’s throats, because as long as we’re busy fighting each other, we’ll never manage to present a unified front against tyranny in any form.

This is the magic of the reality TV programming that passes for politics today.

It allows us to be distracted, entertained, occasionally a little bit outraged but overall largely uninvolved, content to remain in the viewer’s seat.

The more that is beamed at us, the more inclined we are to settle back in our comfy recliners and become passive viewers rather than active participants as unsettling, frightening events unfold.

Reality and fiction merge as everything around us becomes entertainment fodder.

We don’t even have to change the channel when the subject matter becomes too monotonous. That’s taken care of for us by the programmers (the corporate media).

For instance, before we could get too worked up over government surveillance, the programmers changed the channels on us and switched us over to breaking news about militarized police. Before our outrage could be transformed into action over police misconduct, they changed the channel once again to reports of ISIS beheadings and terrorist shootings. Before we had a chance to challenge what was staged or real, the programming switched to the 2016 presidential election.

“Living is easy with eyes closed,” says Lennon, and that’s exactly what reality TV that masquerades as American politics programs the citizenry to do: navigate the world with their eyes shut.

As long as we’re viewers, we’ll never be doers.

Studies suggest that the more reality TV people watch—and I would posit that it’s all reality TV—the more difficult it becomes to distinguish between what is real and what is carefully crafted farce.

“We the people” are watching a lot of TV.

On average, Americans spend five hours a day watching television. By the time we reach age 65, we’re watching more than 50 hours of television a week, and that number increases as we get older. And reality TV programming consistently captures the largest percentage of TV watchers every season by an almost 2-1 ratio.

This doesn’t bode well for a citizenry able to sift through masterfully-produced propaganda in order to think critically about the issues of the day, whether it’s fake news peddled by government agencies or foreign entities.

Those who watch reality shows tend to view what they see as the “norm.” Thus, those who watch shows characterized by lying, aggression and meanness not only come to see such behavior as acceptable and entertaining but also mimic the medium.

This holds true whether the reality programming is about the antics of celebrities in the White House, in the board room, or in the bedroom.

It’s a phenomenon called “humilitainment.”

A term coined by media scholars Brad Waite and Sara Booker, “humilitainment” refers to the tendency for viewers to take pleasure in someone else’s humiliation, suffering and pain.

Humilitainment” largely explains not only why American TV watchers are so fixated on reality TV programming but how American citizens, largely insulated from what is really happening in the world around them by layers of technology, entertainment, and other distractions, are being programmed to accept the brutality, surveillance and dehumanizing treatment of the American police state as things happening to other people.

The ramifications for the future of civic engagement, political discourse and self-government are incredibly depressing and demoralizing.

This not only explains how a candidate like Donald Trump with a reputation for being rude, egotistical and narcissistic could get elected, but it also says a lot about how a politician like Barack Obama—whose tenure in the White House was characterized by drone killings, a weakening of the Constitution at the expense of Americans’ civil liberties, and an expansion of the police state—could be hailed as “one of the greatest presidents of all times.”

This is what happens when an entire nation—bombarded by reality TV programming, government propaganda and entertainment news—becomes systematically desensitized and acclimated to the trappings of a government that operates by fiat and speaks in a language of force.

Ultimately, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American Peoplethe reality shows, the entertainment news, the surveillance society, the militarized police, and the political spectacles have one common objective: to keep us divided, distracted, imprisoned, and incapable of taking an active role in the business of self-government.

If “we the people” feel powerless and apathetic, it is only because we have allowed ourselves to be convinced that the duties of citizenship begin and end at the ballot box.

Marching and protests have certainly been used with great success by past movements to foment real change, but if those marches and protests are merely outpourings of discontent because a particular politician won or lost with no solid plan of action or follow-through, then what’s the point?

Martin Luther King Jr. understood that politics could never be the answer to what ailed the country. That’s why he spearheaded a movement of mass-action strategy that employed boycotts, sit-ins and marches. Yet King didn’t march against a particular politician or merely to express discontent. He marched against injustice, government corruption, war, and inequality, and he leveraged discontent with the status quo into an activist movement that transformed the face of America.

When all is said and done, it won’t matter who you voted for in the presidential election. What will matter is where you stand in the face of the injustices that continue to ravage our nation: the endless wars, the police shootings, the overcriminalization, the corruption, the graft, the roadside strip searches, the private prisons, the surveillance state, etc.

Will you tune out the reality TV show and join with your fellow citizens to push back against the real menace of the police state, or will you merely sit back and lose yourself in the political programming aimed at keeping you imprisoned in the police state?

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John W. Whitehead, Newsbud Contributing Author & Analyst,  is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. He is the president and spokesperson of the Rutherford Institute. Mr. Whitehead is the author of numerous books on a variety of legal and social issues, including A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and served as an officer in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.

The Titanic Sails at Dawn: Warning Signs Point to Danger Ahead in 2017

A Future Riddled with Hidden & Not-So-Hidden Dangers

“When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

Despite our best efforts, we in the American police state seem to be stuck on repeat, reliving the same set of circumstances over and over and over again: egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying, censorship, retaliatory arrests, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, indefinite detentions, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, etc.

Unfortunately, as a nation we’ve become so desensitized to the government’s acts of violence, so accustomed to reports of government corruption, and so anesthetized to the sights and sounds of Corporate America marching in lockstep with the police state that few seem to pay heed to the warning signs blaring out the message: Danger Ahead.

Remember, the Titanic received at least four warnings from other ships about the presence of icebergs in its path, with the last warning issued an hour before disaster struck. All four warnings were ignored.

Like the Titanic, we’re plowing full steam ahead into a future riddled with hidden and not-so-hidden dangers. We too have been given ample warnings, only to have them drowned out by a carefully choreographed cacophony of political noise, cultural distractions and entertainment news—what the Romans termed “bread and circuses”—aimed at keeping the American people polarized, pacified and easily manipulated.

However, there is still danger ahead. The peril to our republic remains the same.

As long as a permanent, unelected bureaucracy—a.k.a. the shadow government— continues to call the shots in the halls of power and the reach of the police state continues to expand, the crisis has not been averted.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the nefarious government programs we’ll be encountering on our journey through the treacherous waters of 2017.

Mandatory quarantines without due process or informed consent: Under a new rule proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, government agents will be empowered to indefinitely detain any traveler they suspect of posing a medical risk to others without providing an explanation, subject them to medical tests without their consent, and carry out such detentions and quarantines without any kind of due process or judicial review.

Mental health assessments by non-medical personnel: As a result of a nationwide push to train a broad spectrum of so-called gatekeepers such as pastors, teachers, hair stylists, bartenders, police officers and EMTs in mental health first-aid training, more Americans are going to run the risk of being reported by non-medical personnel and detained for having mental health issues.

Tracking chips for citizens: Momentum is building for the government to be able to track citizens, whether through the use of RFID chips embedded in a national ID card or through microscopic chips embedded in one’s skin. In December 2016, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation allowing police to track individuals suffering from some form of mental disability such as Alzheimer’s or autism by way of implanted chips.

Military training to deal with anti-establishment movements in megacities: The future, according to a Pentagon training video, will be militaristic, dystopian and far from friendly to freedom. Indeed, if this government propaganda-piece that is being used to train special forces is to be believed, the only thing that can save the world from outright anarchy—in the eyes of the government, at least—is the military working in conjunction with local police. The video confirms what I’ve been warning about for so long: in the eyes of the U.S. government and its henchmen, the battlefield of the future is the American home front.

Government censorship of anything it classifies as disinformation: This year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which allocates $619 billion for war and military spending, not only allows the military to indefinitely detain American citizens by placing them beyond the reach of the Constitution, but it also directs the State Department to establish a national anti-propaganda center to “counter disinformation and propaganda.” Translation: the government plans to crack down on anyone attempting to exercise their First Amendment rights by exposing government wrongdoing, while persisting in peddling its own brand of fake news.

Threat assessments: Government agents—with the help of automated eyes and ears, a growing arsenal of high-tech software, hardware and techniques, government propaganda urging Americans to turn into spies and snitches, as well as social media and behavior sensing software—are spinning a sticky spider-web of threat assessments, behavioral sensing warnings, flagged “words,” and “suspicious” activity reports aimed at snaring potential enemies of the state. It’s the American police state rolled up into one oppressive pre-crime and pre-thought crime package.

War on cash: The government and its corporate partners are engaged in a concerted campaign to do away with large bills such as $20s, $50s, $100s and shift consumers towards a digital mode of commerce that can easily be monitored, tracked, tabulated, mined for data, hacked, hijacked and confiscated when convenient. As economist Steve Forbes concludes, “The real reason for this war on cash—start with the big bills and then work your way down—is an ugly power grab by Big Government. People will have less privacy: Electronic commerce makes it easier for Big Brother to see what we’re doing, thereby making it simpler to bar activities it doesn’t like, such as purchasing salt, sugar, big bottles of soda and Big Macs.”

Expansive surveillance: Whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency, whether the NSA or some other entity, will still be listening in and tracking your behavior. This doesn’t even begin to touch on the corporate trackers who work with the government to monitor your purchases, web browsing, Facebook posts and other activities taking place in the cyber sphere. In such an environment, we are all suspects to be spied on, searched, scanned, frisked, monitored, tracked and treated as if we’re potentially guilty of some wrongdoing or other.

Militarized police: Americans are finding their once-peaceful communities transformed into military outposts, complete with tanks, weaponry, and other equipment designed for the battlefield. Now, the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the FBI are preparing to turn the nation’s police officers into techno-warriors, complete with iris scanners, body scanners, thermal imaging Doppler radar devices, facial recognition programs, license plate readers, cell phone extraction software, Stingray devices and so much more.

Police shootings of unarmed citizens: Owing in large part to the militarization of local law enforcement agencies, not a week goes by without more reports of hair-raising incidents by police imbued with a take-no-prisoners attitude and a battlefield approach to the communities in which they serve. Indeed, as a special report by The Washington Post reveals, despite heightened awareness of police misconduct, the number of fatal shootings by officers in 2016 remained virtually unchanged from the year before.

False flags and terrorist attacks: Despite the government’s endless propaganda about the threat of terrorism, statistics show that you are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack. You are 11,000 times more likely to die from an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane. You are 1,048 times more likely to die from a car accident than a terrorist attack. You are 404 times more likely to die in a fall than from a terrorist attack. And you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.

Endless wars to keep America’s military’s empire employed: The military industrial complex that has advocated that the U.S. remain at war, year after year, is the very entity that will continue to profit the most from America’s expanding military empire. The U.S. Department of Defense is the world’s largest employer, with more than 3.2 million employees. Thus far, the U.S. taxpayer has been made to shell out more than $1.6 trillion to wage wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. When you add in military efforts in Pakistan, as well as the lifetime price of health care for disabled veterans and interest on the national debt, that cost rises to $4.4 trillion.

Attempts by the government to identify, target and punish so-called domestic “extremists”: The government’s anti-extremism program will, in many cases, be utilized to render otherwise lawful, nonviolent activities as potentially extremist. To this end, police will identify, monitor and deter individuals who exhibit, express or engage in anything that could be construed as extremist before they can become actual threats. This is pre-crime on an ideological scale.

SWAT team raids: More than 80% of American communities have their own SWAT teams, with more than 80,000 of these paramilitary raids are carried out every year. That translates to more than 200 SWAT team raids every day in which police crash through doors, damage private property, kill citizens, terrorize adults and children alike, kill family pets, assault or shoot anyone that is perceived as threatening—and most often in the pursuit of someone merely suspected of a crime, usually some small amount of drugs.

Erosions of private property: Private property means little at a time when SWAT teams and other government agents can invade your home, break down your doors, kill your dog, wound or kill you, damage your furnishings and terrorize your family. Likewise, if government officials can fine and arrest you for growing vegetables in your front yard, praying with friends in your living room, installing solar panels on your roof, and raising chickens in your backyard, you’re no longer the owner of your property.

Overcriminalization: The government’s tendency towards militarization and overcriminalization, in which routine, everyday behaviors become targets of regulation and prohibition, has resulted in Americans getting arrested for making and selling unpasteurized goat cheese, cultivating certain types of orchids, feeding a whale, holding Bible studies in their homes, and picking their kids up from school.

Strip searches and the denigration of bodily integrity: Court rulings undermining the Fourth Amendment and justifying invasive strip searches have left us powerless against police empowered to forcefully draw our blood, forcibly take our DNA, strip search us, and probe us intimately. Accounts are on the rise of individuals—men and women alike—being subjected to what is essentially government-sanctioned rape by police in the course of “routine” traffic stops.

Drones: As corporations and government agencies alike prepare for their part in the coming drone invasion—it is expected that at least 30,000 drones will occupy U.S. airspace by 2020, ushering in a $30 billion per year industry—it won’t be long before American citizens find themselves to be the target of these devices. Drones—unmanned aerial vehicles—will come in all shapes and sizes, from nano-sized drones as small as a grain of sand that can do everything from conducting surveillance to detonating explosive charges, to middle-sized copter drones that can deliver pizzas to massive “hunter/killer” Predator warships that unleash firepower from on high.

Prisons: America’s prisons, housing the largest number of inmates in the world and still growing, have become money-making enterprises for private corporations that manage the prisons in exchange for the states agreeing to maintain a 90% occupancy rate for at least 20 years. And how do you keep the prisons full? By passing laws aimed at increasing the prison population, including the imposition of life sentences on people who commit minor or nonviolent crimes such as siphoning gasoline.

Censorship: First Amendment activities are being pummeled, punched, kicked, choked, chained and generally gagged all across the country. Free speech zones, bubble zones, trespass zones, anti-bullying legislation, zero tolerance policies, hate crime laws and a host of other legalistic maladies dreamed up by politicians and prosecutors have conspired to corrode our core freedoms. The reasons for such censorship vary widely from political correctness, safety concerns and bullying to national security and hate crimes but the end result remains the same: the complete eradication of what Benjamin Franklin referred to as the “principal pillar of a free government.”

Fascism: As a Princeton University survey indicates, our elected officials, especially those in the nation’s capital, represent the interests of the rich and powerful rather than the average citizen. We are no longer a representative republic. With Big Business and Big Government having fused into a corporate state, the president and his state counterparts—the governors—have become little more than CEOs of the Corporate State, which day by day is assuming more government control over our lives. Never before have average Americans had so little say in the workings of their government and even less access to their so-called representatives.

James Madison, the father of the Constitution, put it best when he warned: “Take alarm at the first experiment with liberties.” Anyone with even a casual knowledge about current events knows that the first experiment on our freedoms happened long ago.

We are fast moving past the point of no return when it comes to restoring our freedoms.

Worse, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we can barely see the old America with its revolutionary principles and value for independence in the rear view mirror. The only reality emerging generations will know is the one constructed for them by the powers-that-be, and you can rest assured that it will not be a reality that favors individuality, liberty or anything or anyone who challenges the status quo.

As a senior advisor to George W. Bush observed, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

In other words, the government has been operating ten steps ahead for quite some time now, and we have yet to catch up, let alone catch our breath as the tides of change swirl around us.

You’d better tighten your seatbelts, folks, because we could be in for a rough ride in 2017.

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John W. Whitehead, Newsbud Contributing Author & Analyst,  is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. He is the president and spokesperson of the Rutherford Institute. Mr. Whitehead is the author of numerous books on a variety of legal and social issues, including A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and served as an officer in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.

Newsbud Report with Peter B. Collins: Episode 4

From the Orlando Shooting to “Dissent Memo” on the Syrian War

In the latest Newsbud Report, we look at how the Orlando shootings are driving media and politics; we talk with abandoned CIA officer Sabrina de Sousa about her impending extradition to Italy; State Department veteran Peter van Buren comments on the “dissent memo” urging escalation of the Syrian war.Thanks for watching this Newsbud Report. If you have a news tip or story you think we should cover, email

Show Notes

FBI Relented, Released Unredacted Transcript

Did FBI Attempt to Entrap Mateen Lead to “Radicalization”?

Orlando Shootings Exploited for Election Year Politics

Speaker Calls Adjournment to End Protest

Senate Narrowly Rejects Bill to Expand FBI Spying Powers

FBI Collects 411 Million Citizen Photos

FBI Seeks “General Warrants” to Hack Computers

51 State Dept. Officers Sign Memo Demanding Escalation of Syria War Against Assad Government

State Department Dissent Memo is Remarkable

Supreme Court Deadlock on Obama Immigration Orders

Supreme Court Weakens Protections from Illegal Searches

California’s Last Nuclear Plant Will Shut Down

Utility Waged 20-Year Fight to Shift Cost Overruns to Ratepayers

High Costs for Nuclear Power and Growth of Renewable Energy Led to Shutdown Decision

Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds- “The War on Terror Sham: Mindboggling Comparison of Scales & Proportions!

This will be a brief presentation on the sham called The War on Terror and the involved costs- in terms of scales in methods, dollars and lives. The price tag for the US War on Terror sham is placed at over $4 Trillion. We’ll be looking at mindboggling facts presented via comparison of scales and proportions when it comes to US Military-Intelligence vs. The Supposed Borderless Terrorists in the Middle East. A massive never-ending war against a fantastical network of technologically and militaristically dwarfed terrorists. Don’t you see who wins in this synthetically created perpetual war?

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The $5 Trillion War on Terror

Exactly How Big Is This So-Called Al Qaeda?

For Afghan troops, donkeys are the new helicopters

The IED: The $30-Bombs That Cost The U.S. Billions

1,600 US bombs dropped in Syria and Iraq during March cost $8.5m a day

About M1 Abrams Tanks

Cost of Camels

Cost of Donkeys

Do the Math: Global War on Terror Has Killed 4 Million Muslims or More

Timeline: Terror Attacks Linked to Islamists Since 9/11

NSA recording 'nearly all' phone calls in Afghanistan

Five Reasons Why Drones Are Here to Stay

Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds- “Kill First, Ask Later … Wait! Never mind! Don’t Ask or Answer Whatsoever!”

In this episode I provide a brief presentation on our dangerous and Kafkaesque world where our nation claims a 100% right to kill with no reason or explanation needed, a 100% right to kidnap and torture, and a 100% right to blacklist and surveil without having to show any justification. We are going to talk about a US code of operation that confidently says “Kill First, Ask Later … Wait! Actually never mind! Don’t Ask or Answer Whatsoever!” We’ll discuss our murders by drones, our secret no fly lists, secret surveillance target lists, and much more. You may consider yourself immunized from these factual absurdities, but I can assure you: You Are Wrong!

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Almost 2,500 Now Killed by Covert US Drone Strikes Since Obama Inauguration

Nearly 90 Percent of People Killed in Recent Drone Strikes Were Not the Target

Naming the dead: Only 10 of scores killed by US drones in Pakistan last year have been identified

Terror Suspects Are Frequent Targets of U.S. Drones

U.S. ‘Reasonably Certain’ Drone Strike Killed ‘Jihadi John’

‘Am I on the ‘No Fly’ List?’—and Other FAQs to the FBI

Why the no-fly list was declared unconstitutional

Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds: Syria & the Real Winners of a Synthetic Conflict

In this episode we are going to briefly discuss synthetic conflicts. In particular we’ll be looking at the real gains and the real winners- rather than getting lost in the distortion maze that has been designed by the deep state, and implemented via their propaganda tentacles-Media. With all the talk on the ISIL conflict, and with all the speculations surrounding Russia’s in-and-out of Syria maneuver, it is time to put aside the lenses provided by the media (aka the deep state propaganda machine), bring out the magnifier, and search for the truth of these matters by following the money.

With every war, battle and conflict we must engage in the following inventory-taking process: what will be gained, by whom; what are the dollars involved and who gets these dollars. Join me and let us explore the answers to these questions.

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Syrian Campaign Pays Off as Moscow Lands Military Contracts

How much money will Russia make off operations in Syria?

Who Will Profit From the Wars in Iraq and Syria?

Bombs Away! Lockheed Expanding Missile Factories, Quadruples Bomb Production for ISIS Long Haul

Book: The Lone Gladio- By Sibel Edmonds

Operation Gladio B

Corbett Report: Operation Gladio B Series with Sibel Edmonds

Secret Warfare Operation Gladio & NATO’s Stay Behind Armies

Following the Money to War Profiteers

Peter B. Collins presents Christian Sorensen

In this Newsbud special, BFP contributor Christian Sorensen and Sibel Edmonds talk about Sorensen’s latest breakdown of Pentagon spending, a regular feature here. Sorensen makes a compelling argument that terrorism has replaced the cold war as the driver of our military machine and the huge profits it throws off to corporate contractors. Sorensen displays an encyclopedic knowledge of DoD outlays, informed by the wasteful spending he observed while serving in the Air Force. After reviewing some details from his February report, we discuss the need for independent media that won’t take advertising from the military industrial complex, in order to provide uncompromised coverage of the Pentagon and other powerful arms of the government.

*Christian Sorensen is an independent writer and Arabic translator. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 2007-2011. The profligate waste he witnessed during his time in uniform forced him to reassess his support for U.S. Empire. Mr. Sorensen holds advanced degrees in Translation Studies and International Relations. His writings focus on the Israel-Palestine conflict and U.S. imperialism. Read his latest report here.

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The New Drone Order – Part III_Intro: At the Advent of Winged Drones, Research Progresses Forward

Biology-inspired Engineering and Morphing Technology

Drones with wings? But why?! While some Dronesters are dwelling on the metallic, the plastic, and the 3D printed, other roboticists & researchers are harkening back to the whims of the natural world. There are birds that can maneuver like no human built aircraft can. Researchers have found that the courtship dive of the Anna's Hummingbird makes it comparatively speedier than a jet fighter at full throttle or the space shuttle re-entering the atmosphere. Anyone who's anyone has admired how frustratingly hard it is to catch a fly, much less swallow one. I once knew an old lady who swallowed a fly. It's a good thing it wasn't a drone fly, or she may have sputtered and wheezed. Perhaps she could’ve sued Lockheed Martin if she survived?

The third edition of the New Drone Order series will introduce readers to projects like the Lentink Lab at Stanford University, and other related information.


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