These 2,200 companies received a collective $12 billion from the US military in fiscal year 2010. Each contract was worth at least $1 million, so this subset represents a fraction of the hundreds of billions diverted from American taxpayers to the Defense Department to private corporations in that year.
A quick visual scan shows, predictably, that some regions of the country landed more big Pentagon projects than others. The point here is to explore the data in greater detail, and fill in some important unknowns about today’s military-industrial complex.
You can help. Browse the map and find a contractor near you.
Click through the company’s name to begin a new DIY WIB investigation, and help piece together something that even the Pentagon doesn’t know—namely, who owns all these companies.