TPA Uncovers $311 Million in Defense Earmarks

David Williams

April 26, 2011

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) today uncovered 16 earmarks worth $311 million in the Navy Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Program. This is the second major TPA finding in a series of reports on government waste, fraud and abuse. The first report unearthed $3 billion in earmarks for NASA.

“When Congress passed the earmark ban last November, it was supposed to signal the end of business as usual in Washington,” said David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. “Taxpayers want to know if Congress is dedicated to expanding government or protecting taxpayers. The recent move to add millions in earmarks, while simultaneously taking credit for minimal spending cuts, shows taxpayers that Congress’ actions may not align with its rhetoric. The American people need their leaders to take responsibility for their actions, cut wasteful spending, and fulfill their promise to end earmarks once and for all.”

The 16 earmarks identified by TPA consist of: 

  • $105,000,000 for Research and Development Innovation
  • $45,000,000 for EP-3/SPA systems development in the Airborne Reconnaissance Program
  • $40,000,000 for alternative energy in the Force Protection Applied Research program
  • $31,500,000 for the C.W. Bill Young Bone Marrow Donor Recruitment and Research Program in the Warfighter Protection Advanced Technology program
  • $16,000,000 for a program increase for Small Business Technology Insertion in the New Design SSN program
  • $12,000,000 for a program increase for Small Business Technology Insertion in the Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft program
  • $10,400,000 for Wound Care Research in the Medical Development program
  • $8,000,000 for a program increase for the Small Business Technology Insertion (Mine Warfare Modules) through the Research and Development Innovation program
  • $8,000,000 for Directed Energy Development and Test in the Navy Energy Program;
  • $8,000,000 for a program increase for Small Business Technology Insertion in the MK-48 ADCAP program
  • $6,400,000 for Military Dental Research in the Medical Development program$5,760,000 for a program increase in the Tactical Athlete Program in the Warfighter Protection Advanced Technology program
  • $5,200,000 for a program increase in the Airborne Reconnaissance Program
  • $4,000,000 for a program increase (ASW Research) in the Undersea Warfare Advanced Technology program
  • $4,000,000 for a program increase (Mine Warfare Testing Disruption) through the Research and Development Innovation program
  • $4,000,000 for a program increase for Alternative Energy from Organic Sources in the Navy Energy Program
  • $4,000,000 for a program increase for Small Business Technology Insertion in the Surface ASW Combat System Integration program
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