Boeing Charges Pentagon $52,000 For Trash Can Previously Priced At $300

According to an investigation by Responsible Statecraft, it was revealed that Boeing charged the Pentagon $52,000 for a trash can that was previously priced at $300.

As Democrat and Republican members of the executive and legislative branches trip over each other trying to see who can jack up the Pentagon’s budget more, an investigation by Responsible Statecraft has uncovered some glaring examples of Department of Defense contractors raising the price of their products by astronomical multiples. 

Boeing used to charge about $300 for trash receptacles used aboard E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) planes, which use the chassis of a Boeing 707 airliner. After that aircraft vanished from civilian fleets, the trash can lost its status as a “commercial” item, freeing Boeing to stick it to American taxpayers. 

The E-3 Sentry AWACS: As of 2020, the United States Air Force had 33 in service (USAF photo via Airforce Technology)

How badly? “In 2020, the Pentagon paid Boeing over $200,000 for four of the trash cans, translating to roughly $51,606 per unit,” reports Responsible Statecraft’s Connor Echols. The next year brought an apparent volume discount: In 2021, the Pentagon bought 11 trash cans at “only” $36,640 each. Together, the price on the two years of purchases represented a whopping $600,000 markup over previous prices.  

Boeing said in a statement that it warns of a new defect on the 787 related to a fitting on the horizontal stabilizer.

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