Lockheed Martin Corp., a major U.S weapons contractor, was awarded a $333.7 million contract just moments before the sequester was set to take effect.
According to Bloomberg, “Yesterday’s action exempts the funds from the across-the-board spending reductions known as sequestration that take effect today because Pentagon officials have said contracts with obligated dollars won’t be cut or terminated.”
The money is a down payment so that Lockheed can continue to build F-35 Jets, “the Pentagon’s most expensive program,” according to the New York Times.This represents the 8th contract for F-35’s.
And, may the U.S. have a wide choice of bases for them to be stationed.
I tend to believe that most of the enemies of the U.S. really only understand advanced weapons systems as a reason to not be belligerent. However, there's a co-factor, I believe, of the need for a political climate that allows them to be optimized (aka, have the willingness to use them). Sort of like what's the good of being tall, dark and handsome, if one is also impotent.