Small Businesses, Star Wars-wise

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Reading the daily list of Pentagon contracts is always interesting. Take today’s. The first item goes to our friends defending us against missile attack. Check this out: the Missile Defense Agency just awarded “five indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts for advisory and assistance services to five small businesses: COLSA Corp., Huntsville, Ala.; Engineering Research and Consulting, Inc., Huntsville, Ala.; Millennium Engineering and Integration Co., Arlington, Va.; Torch Technologies, Inc., Huntsville, Ala.; and DCS Corp., Alexandria, Va…these awards are being made under the Small Business Set-Aside Request.”

What will these concerns do? They’ll provide “engineering, technical analysis and support, scientific, systems engineering, test planning, and test execution activities in support of the Ballistic Missile Defense System.” How much will they make: up to $861,100,000. Each. For five small businesses. That’s a total of $4.3 billion. Kinda makes you wonder what the big businesses are paid, doesn’t it?