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Iraq War was boon for area contractors

Mark Walker, U-T SAN DIEGO

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Military spending in San Diego rose from 6.9 percent in 2001 to 8.3 percent by 2007. Contract spending by the Pentagon on private companies reached $7.1 billion in 2007, up by more than $4 billion a year from 2001.
Science Applications International, the county’s largest defense contractor, had nearly $3 billion in Pentagon contracts in 2008 alone, according to San Diego’s National University System Institute for Policy Research.