The Military-Industrial thing.
In fiscal year 2016, the Pentagon issued $304 billion in contract awards to corporations—nearly half of the department’s $600 billion-plus budget.
The biggest beneficiaries:
> Lockheed Martin ($36.2 billion)
> Boeing ($24.3 billion)
> Raytheon ($12.8 billion)
> General Dynamics ($12.7 billion)
> Northrop Grumman ($10.7 billion).
Together, these five firms gobbled up nearly $100 billion, about one-third of all the Pentagon’s contract awards in 2016.
But the Pentagon buys more than just weapons. Health care companies also get a piece:
> Humana ($3.6 billion)
> United Health Group ($2.9 billion)
> Health Net ($2.6 billion)
> McKesson pharma ($2.7 billion) and many universities are deeply involved in military-industrial complex research, for example:
> MIT ($1 billion) and
> Johns Hopkins ($902 million).