Aerospace Corp of the Week
The WILPF Mil Corp Connexion Dirty Dozen (http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/corporate/dd/ddindex.html#dd) was perhaps one of the very best researched campaigns and most effective in revealing the root cause of militarism and war-corporations.
This is an attempt to add to this excellent work by providing a weekly snapshot of an Aerospace Corp:
1) They can be a bit messy
Groundwater contaminants exceeding target levels have been found in 13 irrigation wells in the Azalea neighborhood of St. Petersburg.
(See: "Officials questioned on Raytheon toxic plume" at http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/5857)
2) On a sunny fall day in December 2010, they got richer:
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $33,499,596 delivery order on a previously awarded firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0001) for the full recertification of 148 All-Up-Round (AUR) Tomahawk missiles for the Navy. In addition, this order provides for fixed support for encanisterization/decanisterization of MK-14 AUR missiles. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. (61 percent); Camden, Ark. (20 percent); Commerce Township, Mich. (13 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (2 percent); Cedar Rapids, Iowa (2 percent); Lynwood, Wash. (1 percent); and various locations within the United States (1 percent), and is expected to be completed in April 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $33,499,596 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity.
3) They describe themselves as:
Aspiring to be the most admired defense and aerospace systems supplier through world-class people and technology... Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services.
4) They strut their stuff:
Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I),Cybersecurity, Homeland Security, Missile Defense, Space Solutions, Training, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity.
5) And, of course, they kill but they do it sustainably (apparently):
Having policies on Corporate Responsibility and Stewardship they say they are concerned about:
6) They honor diversity:
Raytheon has facilities, businesses and customers in nearly every corner of the globe. Day in and day out, members of our team interact with people from an extremely diverse range of backgrounds.
7) And they are oh so worthy of more $$:
1) They divest their products and services:
Commercial Airplanes and Shared Services share attention with Defense Space and Security (see: http://www.boeing.com/product_list.html):
2) On a blustery December Day they made $$:
The Boeing Co., Newark, Ohio, was awarded a $27,453,613 contract to provide Minuteman III guidance repair alignment test sets. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. OO-ALC/AFNWC/PKME, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (F42610-99-D-0006-0053).
And again! - Boeing wins $3.48 billion contract for US missile shield - Dec 30 2011
3) And they are generous to a fault:
Boeing fined $615M in scam to win missions - the U.S. Justice Department reached an agreement with Boeing to pay $615 million in penalties for its "military acquisition blunders" in exchange for not pursuing criminal charges against the company. The record $615 million settlement was imposed for cheating to win the bulk of missions under a government rocket contract and other ethic violations. The matter involves allegations that Boeing used documents from competitor Lockheed Martin to win contracts for launch services from the Air Force and NASA under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program.
4) They make a mess:
Los Angeles, January 11, 2006 - Boeing Settles Toxic Contamination Claims.
Note to Barbara Boxer Fans: She gallantly fought to make Boeing pay for the mess!
5) They indulge in spying:
Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems (S&IS), headquartered in Seal Beach, Calif., is the company's center for satellites and experimental space systems. S&IS is a world leader in the design, development and manufacturing of satellites for government, civil and commercial customers. The division includes Boeing Satellite Systems International, Inc. (http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/ic/sis/index.html)
January 11, 2011 - Boeing will launch the Delta IV National Reconnaisance Satellite (spy satellite) NROL-49 payload at SLC 6 Vandenberg AFB.
6) They sometimes err:
December 15, 2010 - U.S. missile-defense test fails over Pacific By Jim Wolf: A test of the sole U.S. defense against long- range ballistic missiles failed on Wednesday, the second failure in a row involving the system managed by Boeing Co, the Defense Department said. In October, a converted Boeing 747 jumbo jet equipped with a chemical laser failed to knock out a target ballistic missile over the Pacific, marking that system's second such failed intercept test in a row. The flying laser has been scaled back to a kind of science experiment, no longer a development program aimed at eventual deployment.
29 December 2010
1) They divest goods and services:
As "a leader in global security"
2) On a snowy winter day in December, Northrup Grumman made $$:
It was announced on December 23, 2010 that:
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Clearfield, Utah, was awarded a $14,695,916 contract modification which will exercise options 15 and 16 for the propulsion system rocket engine life extension program effort on the intercontinental ballistic missile prime integration contract and will provide refurbishment of 96 propulsion system rocket engines, and 12 months of production quality assurance. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. AFNWC/PKME, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (F42610-98-C-0001).
3) Pesky lawsuits don't bother them:
Litigation – Various claims and legal proceedings arise in the ordinary course of business and are pending against the company and its properties. Based upon the information available, the company believes that the resolution of any of these various claims and legal proceedings would not have a material adverse effect on its consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.
(See: http://www.northropgrumman.com/pdf/2009_noc_ar.pdf, page 87)
On June 23,2010 The Los Angeles Business Journal reported:
Defense contractor Northrop Grumman will pay $12.5 million to settle a lawsuit with the U.S. government, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.
The civil false claims lawsuit alleged that Northrop knowingly submitted false claims to a number of military branches and government agencies. The claims were connected to electronic parts supplied for use navigation systems for military airplanes, helicopters, submarines and certain equipment used in space.
They describe their new Aerospace Systems sector as:
a merger of the former Integrated Systems and Space Technology sectors, created an approximately $10 billion business whose approximately 24,000 employees comprise a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems, missile systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation's security.
5) Northrup Grumman workers beware!
On June 09, 2010, The Associated Press reported that:
Northrop Grumman Corp. is investigating an incident
in which a worker's clothing was contaminated with radioactive
material at the company's Newport News shipyard. Northrop Grumman spokeswoman Margaret Mitchell-Jones says the
incident occurred May 25 when the worker was performing
radiological surveys in a tank aboard the nuclear-powered USS
Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. Mitchell-Jones says a trace amount of radioactive material was
found on the clothing. But there was no detectable radioactivity
on the worker's skin or internally. She says the worker wasn't harmed and he returned to his job.
The worker wasn't identified. Northrop Grumman informed the Navy of the incident.
Northrop Grumman facilities released more than 520,000 pounds of toxic chemicals into the air in that year. The corporation has also been linked to 52 superfund toxic waste sites. In 2003, the company was among 84 parties with which the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the state of New York reached an estimated US$ 15 million settlement for the rehabilitation of the Mattiace Petrochemical Company Superfund site in Glen Cove, Long Island; in the same year, Northrop Grumman agreed to pay $33,214 after EPA inspectors found hazardous waste violations at the Capistrano test site.
6) Our Two [Not-So]Trusted Friends Unite for Missile Defense
Boeing and Northrop Grumman Partner for Missile Defense Competitive Contract
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 14, 2010 – The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced a strategic partnership in pursuing the competitive development and sustainment contract for future work on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency ...
... In leading the Boeing-Northrop Grumman GMD Team, Boeing will build on its experience of supporting the Missile Defense Agency as prime contractor for the GMD program since 2001, leading the industry team in the development, deployment, integration and testing of the GMD weapon system. The Boeing-led team also operates and sustains the deployed weapon system while actively developing and testing innovative technologies to provide greater reliability and meet its customer's evolving needs and requirements.
Northrop Grumman is responsible for designing and deploying the command-and-control systems that form the backbone of the ground system, known as GMD Fire Control/Communications (GFCC) products. GFCC products connect and orchestrate GMD components that launch and guide interceptors in-flight. In addition, Northrop Grumman has developed and sustained ground-based missile systems for more than 50 years and has been prime contractor for the U.S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) weapon system since 1997. Northrop Grumman has been part of the Boeing Ground-base Midcourse Defense Team for more than 10 years.
1) They Diversify their Services
For example, The Aegis Weapon System is the world’s most capable naval defense system and the sea-based element of the United States’ Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Aegis Weapon System can simultaneously attack land targets, submarines and surface ships, while automatically implementing defenses to protect the fleet against aircraft and missiles.
2) On a cold December day, Lockheed Martin got $$ for the Aegis Destroyer
Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Sensors, Moorestown, N.J., is being awarded a $65,636,395 modification to previously awarded contract
(N00024-09-C-5110) for production of the Aegis Weapon System, tooling, test equipment, and associated technical services for the Aegis ashore test site at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. Work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J. (87 percent), and Clearwater, Fla. (13 percent), and is expected to be completed by October 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
And again! - Lockheed wins contract for UAE anti-missile system - $1.96 billion this time for THAAD - Dec 30 2011.
3) They Beat Their Chest, Do the Tarzan Yell, and Swing Through the Jungle
The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights June 8 and 9 of four Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles (FBMs) built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The Navy launched the unarmed missiles from the submerged submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) in the Atlantic Ocean.
This test marked the 131st , 132nd , 133rd and 134th consecutive successful test flights of the Trident II D5 missile since 1989 – continuing a more than 20-year record of reliability that is unmatched by any other large ballistic missile or space launch vehicle.
“We are proud to support the Navy in its crucial strategic deterrence mission,” said Melanie A. Sloane, vice president of Fleet Ballistic Missile programs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, the Navy’s Trident missile prime contractor. “These successful missile tests demonstrate the readiness and reliability of the entire Trident II D5 Strategic Weapon System and the unflagging commitment to excellence of the full Navy and industry team.”
4) and They Gonna Oust You, Boeing!
A team led by Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon is competing to oust Boeing next year and take over continued development, manufacturing, test, training, operations support and sustainment of the ground-based defense. The contract is worth about $4.2 billion over seven years.
5) But They too can Fall
November 20, 2008: HONOLULU — A Japanese navy ship on Wednesday failed to shoot down a mid-range ballistic missile target in a test off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced.
February 24, 2010: Pentagon Reports Document Continuing Lockheed-Martin Failures - Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the CDI Straus Military Reform Project has obtained almost two years of monthly reports from the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) on Lockheed Martin’s production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The documents do not paint a pretty picture, explains Straus Military Reform Project Director Winslow Wheeler.
The Defense Contract Management Agency’s (DCMA) most recent reports cover the months July through November 2009.
6) LM is a bit messy (note: this is a classic enviro justice case)
November 23, 2010: Major suit settled, but cleanup concerns persist - Residents of the tiny community of Tallevast finally resolved a 5-year-old lawsuit against Lockheed Martin Corp. over underground contamination. This comes a decade after the international corporate giant first discovered a toxic plume of cancer-causing industrial solvents had polluted the groundwater and wells beneath the historic black community. Residents did not learn of the health threat until three years later, leading to a bitter battle with Lockheed Martin.
7) They Have Many [Dis]Honorable Mentions in Spacewar.com
e.g. June 23,2010: Trident II D5 Missile Scores Record 134 Test Flights In A Row - Sunnyvale CA (SPX), The U.S. Navy conducted successful test flights June 8 and 9 of four Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles (FBMs) built by Lockheed Martin. The Navy launched the unarmed missiles from the submerged submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) in the Atlantic Ocean.
From the WILPF site:
The WILPF fact sheet was prepared by Erin Peck of the Arms Trade Resource Center of the World Policy Institute.
1) Focus Groups:
November 19 2010: At Tri-Valley CAREs, we rely on many tools to monitor activities at Livermore Lab and across the US nuclear weapons complex. Chief among them is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a statute that provides that any member of the public or organization can request documents from the federal government, including federal agencies, and requires production of the documents within 20 days of the request (unless the documents are exempt from release pursuant to narrow exemptions set out in the statute).
After two years of litigation in Federal Court against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for violation of their responsibilities under FOIA, Tri-Valley CAREs has finally reached a settlement with the agency. The Complaint alleged that the DOE had failed to respond to six of Tri-Valley CAREs' request with any responsive documents and had displayed a pattern of violating FOIA. (Some of the requests had languished for over a year without any responsive documents). Because of our litigation, documents were finally produced in response to all of our requests.
Since 1989, the Los Alamos Study Group community—our staff and board, volunteers, interns, and supporters—has consistently provided leadership on nuclear disarmament and related issues in New Mexico. Not infrequently, we also have provided leadership nationally as well. Our work includes research and scholarship (central to all we do), education of decisionmakers, providing an information clearinghouse for journalists, organizing, litigating, and advertising. We place particular emphasis on the education and training of young activists and scholars.
2) Student oversight
(note: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation worked hard on this - see: http://www.wagingpeace.org/articles/2007/05/03 _krieger_student_oversight_committee.htm )
Santa Barbara, April 27, 2007 – In a
unanimous decision, members of the Associated Students Legislative
Council at the University of California, Santa Barbara (the school’s
official student government), voted on Wednesday to create a Student
DOE Laboratory Oversight Committee.
3) Workers Beware!
November 9 2010: LIVERMORE LAB MANAGEMENT FINED FOR VIOLATING LAWS; EXPOSING WORKERS TO BERYLLIUM, A DEADLY TOXIC METAL, ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS - LIVERMORE, CA - Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) announced a $200,000 penalty issued to the managers of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). This unprecedented action stems from the agency's finding that the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC's (LLNS) legally-required program to minimize worker exposure to beryllium was rife with "deficiencies" that led to multiple, uncontrolled worker exposures between 2007 and 2010, subsequent to the LLNS contract to manage the nuclear weapons laboratory.
4) WILPF's references