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2020 proved to be a record year for public contractors. The federal government spent most of its history on contracted goods and services. It is also the fifth year in a row that spending has risen.
In terms of signing these contracts, a federal department governs. In 2020, the Department of Defense allocated more money in federal contracts than all other public authorities combined. And a survey showed that almost half of the defense spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan went to private contractors.
Even after the United States’ complicated withdrawal from Afghanistan, Congress approved history’s largest law on defense spending.
We focus on why we depend on for-profit defense companies and how much money the government continues to throw their way.
This show is part of our listener suggested series. At the beginning of the year, we ask our listeners what topics they would like to learn more about. This idea came to us from Leo in Tucson, Arizona.
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