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(Procurement; 05-03; p.5)

Press reports said that by this order about 10000 jobs could be saved. - Assuming that it will need twenty years up to the complete fulfilment of the contract, one can calculate a subsidy of 40000 Euro per year and job.
- A sum, the state otherwise only spends on the much scolded German coal-industry, i.e. mining inclusively specific technology (on this the state spends three billion Euro a year for 50000 jobs, equalling 60000 Euro per year and job; these subsidies however have to be re-negotiated in 2006).

Comparing a military industry with a civil one might seem odd at first; nonetheless the structural similarity of lobbyist's arguments is striking: what is military security within a framework of a widened security notion to the one side, is secured supply to the other; what is securing a strategically important industry to the one side, is securing world-wide leading technical know-how.
Lobbyists of both sides mention that some portion of the subsidies re-flow to the state as taxes and that jobs will be secured for a long time because one produces exportable goods.

In the final analysis, these arguments are of a protectionist nature and known since the times of industrialisation. Counter-arguments are therefore as long known; namely: forestalling state-induced structural change by wrongly allocating resources; keeping the economically not defendable illusion of securing jobs by protection - that may work for one election period, but in the long run the costs for the national economy are relatively higher.


The long period up to the delivery of the first planes makes it obvious that the decision taken was not based primarily on security reasons, but on industrial-political ones.
One sees strong parallels with the procurement of the Fighter 90 or Eurofighter, respectively: the then Minister of Defence Rühe as well put the security argument into the spotlight, while the relevant was the industrial-political. Or has anybody seriously discussed deploying German fighter planes for power projection similar to the American example?

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