There has been skepticism in the last few years about the idea of “Made in America”; but there is assurance in a particular segment that “USA made” product dominates, and that the global weapons trade.
The Military-Industrial Complex has figured out that USA made products inspire a lot of brand loyalty even with countries like Saudi Arabia. The USA was the world’s leading arms dealer in 2014 and 2015. With $36.2 billion in sales in 2014, in which there was a 35% in sales over 2013. 2015 also proved to be a more profitable year with $46.6 billion in sales. A Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report on the global arms trade that the United States maintains a commanding “33% share of total arms exports and is the world’s top seller for five years running”. With a total customer base 96 countries in which 40% is exported to the Middle East.
One explanation to the increase in 2015 could be traced to the marketing efforts of US personnel stationed at the US embassy in Jordan. They represented the US at Jordan’s eleventh bi-annual Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference (SOFEX). SOFEX offers arms manufactures to display their merchandise and to cut deals potential buyers.
Deployed at SOFEX were Senior Commercial Officer Geoffrey Bogart and Regional Safety and Security chief Cherine Maher to push sales of American made arms. Maher stated,
We are very high on the safety and security market in Jordan.
while his colleague stated,
there is an abundance of market prospects for US companies to do business in Jordan, including in border security, cyber security, command and control centers, telecommunications equipment, military vehicles, artillery, tactical equipment, bomb and metal detectors, and closed circuit television (CCTV) and access control.
The countries that offer the most opportunities consist of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Lebanon and Iraq. With Iraq having a 2014 market value about $7.6 billion and it is estimated to increase to $19 billion because of the latest issues with ISIS. Corporations such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and etc, took $90.29 billion of the over $175 billion worth of taxpayer dollars that were contracted to the top 100 military contractors.
A recent Map-light analysis concluded that,
the major U.S. government contractors have received $1,171 in taxpayer money for every $1 invested in lobbying and political action committee contributions during the last decade.
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