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9.03.04
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Defense Spending Map

There is a third element in the financial equation termed "the military industrial complex" by President Eisenhower. That element is Congress — representatives are tasked with bringing federal business into their districts and to their constituents. It is common to read headlines like these in local papers: "Defense Spending, Military Pay to Propel Norfolk, VA Area," (THE VIRGINIAN PILOT, August 31, 2004) "Defense Spending Bill Benefits Some in Maine" (PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, August 26, 2004).

The Federal Procurement Data Center (FPDC)'s Web site keeps track of federal contracts over $25,000. The Executive departments and agencies award over $200 billion annually for goods and services. The system can identify who bought what, from whom, for how much, when and where. You can use the site to see exactly what is bought and paid for in your state, and which contractors are getting the federal dollars.

In all but a handful of states, Department of Defense dollars account for by far the majority of federal dollars. States in which the Department of Energy provides the greatest amount are those which are host to major military research laboratories like Oak Ridge in Tennessee and Los Alamos and Sandia Labs in New Mexico or the atomic testing ranges of Nevada. Check out your state's share below.


Alabama
Federal contract spending $5,488,321,000
Department of Defense spending $4,594,457,000

Alaska
Federal contract spending $1,351,453,000
Department of Defense spending $986,787,000

Arkansas
Federal contract spending $979,744,000
Department of Defense spending $821,040,000

Arizona
Federal contract spending $6,151,378,000
Department of Defense spending $5,573,997,000

California
Federal contract spending $32,842,383,000
Department of Defense spending $24,078,267,000

Colorado
Federal contract spending $4,871,218,000
Department of Defense spending $3,296,780,000

Connecticut
Federal contract spending $6,043,154,000
Department of Defense spending $5,663,126

Washington, D.C.
Federal contract spending $10,043,199,000
Department of Defense spending $1,686,005

Delaware
Federal contract spending $180,020,000
Department of Defense spending $142,434,000

Florida
Federal contract spending $8,932,454,000
Department of Defense spending $6,917,898,000

Georgia
Federal contract spending $6,850,338,000
Department of Defense spending $5,690,309,000

Hawaii
Federal contract spending $1,635,904,000
Department of Defense spending $1,476,139,000

Iowa
Federal contract spending $792,484,000
Department of Defense spending $538,998,000

Idaho
Federal contract spending $1,304,999,000
Department of Defense spending $172,492,000
Department of Energy spending $796,054,000

Illinois
Federal contract spending $3,895,817,000
Department of Defense spending $1,968,910,000

Indiana
Federal contract spending $2,494,564,000
Department of Defense spending $1,832,117,000

Kansas
Federal contract spending $1,514,662,000
Department of Defense spending $1,156,123,000

Kentucky
Federal contract spending $2,882,449,000
Department of Defense spending $2,274,139,000

Louisiana
Federal contract spending $2,720,411,000
Department of Defense spending $1,772,379,000

Massachusetts
Federal contract spending $6,016,088,000
Department of Defense spending $4,764,800,000

Maryland
Federal contract spending $12,888,356,000
Department of Defense spending $6,192,286,000

Maine
Federal contract spending $1,150,276,000
Department of Defense spending $1,087,812,000

Michigan
Federal contract spending $3,027,565,000
Department of Defense spending $2,196,518,000

Minnesota
Federal contract spending $1,888,749,000
Department of Defense spending $1,458,746,000

Missouri
Federal contract spending $6,895,818,000
Department of Defense spending $5,582,171,000

Mississippi
Federal contract spending $2,740,746,000
Department of Defense spending $2,323,616,000

Montana
Federal contract spending $302,167,000
Department of Defense spending $128,537,000

North Carolina
Federal contract spending $2,410,729,000
Department of Defense spending $1,589,717,000

North Dakota
Federal contract spending $280,912,000
Department of Defense spending $214,289,000

Nebraska
Federal contract spending $440,887,000
Department of Defense spending $264,315,000

New Hampshire
Federal contract spending $683,441,000
Department of Defense spending $574,791,000

New Jersey
Federal contract spending $4,004,282,000
Department of Defense spending $3,359,785,000

New Mexico
Federal contract spending $5,232,233,000
Department of Defense spending $749,227,000
Department of Energy spending $4,051,207,000

New York
Federal contract spending $6,171,416,000
Department of Defense spending $4,188,976,000

Nevada
Federal contract spending $1,181,510,000
Department of Defense spending $359,237,000
Department of Energy spending $683,201,000

Ohio
Federal contract spending $4,572,833,000
Department of Defense spending $3,392,108,000

Oklahoma
Federal contract spending $2,132,467,000
Department of Defense spending $1,479,403,000

Oregon
Federal contract spending $820,444,000
Department of Defense spending $378,799,000

Pennsylvania
Federal contract spending $6,711,987,000
Department of Defense spending $4,586,085,000

Rhode Island
Federal contract spending $419,447,000
Department of Defense spending $343,192,000

South Carolina
Federal contract spending $2,875,992,000
Department of Defense spending $1,099,787,000

South Dakota
Federal contract spending $344,320,000
Department of Defense spending $193,418,000

Tennessee
Federal contract spending $3,884,072,000
Department of Defense spending $1,249,252,000
Department of Energy spending $2,189,266,000

Texas
Federal contract spending $19,424,005,000
Department of Defense spending $13,149,553,000
National Aeronautics And Space Administration spending $3,787,837,000

Utah
Federal contract spending $1,955,727,000
Department of Defense spending $1,255,520,000

Virginia
Federal contract spending $25,282,903,000
Department of Defense spending $17,412,046,000

Vermont
Federal contract spending $358,946,000
Department of Defense spending $297,871,000

Washington
Federal contract spending $5,243,221,000
Department of Defense spending $2,370,043,000

Wisconsin
Federal contract spending $1,640,709,000
Department of Defense spending $1,056,795,000

West Virginia
Federal contract spending $501,387,000
Department of Defense spending $147,974,000

Wyoming
Federal contract spending $154,881,000
Department of Defense spending $75,444,000

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