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by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Defense contractors make out big from funds allotted for pandemic response. The Department of Defense (DOD) got $1 billion to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” Instead, it used a lot of the funds—allotted by Congress in March as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—to buy more machinery of war, doling it out to defense contractors for things like drone surveillance tech and developing a new flight controller.
The Washington Post, which uncovered the questionable spending, reports that “hundreds of millions of dollars from the fund” went to “projects that have little to do with the coronavirus response,” including: