where public money goes worldwide

Total amount
655,979,790,614
Number of payments
61,359

Results can be summarized as follows:

  1. There is one major node (payer) in the graph (Department of Defence), dispersing almost all (99%) the total budget (weight) of the graph. Obviously, defence has the lion’s stake in sub prime awards.
  2. Furthermore, all the money (92%) is received by CTA Inc. which is solely connected to the department of defence (no connections to other nodes).
  3. The dispersion of the public budget is made through 42 agents to the contractors. There are either payer or payee nodes in the graph (no mixed mode both payer and payee-except Smithsonian Inst.), consequently there are no brokers in the network resulting the diameter to equal 1 and the modularity fairly low at 0.022.
  4. Due to the above characteristics, there are mainly corporates of the defence-military sector (only US companies are eligible to become vendors due to legal restrictions) coupled by some major global enterprises with less weighted degree as they do not awarded purely defence contracts.


In the illustration above, we can see the major agents (payers & payees) in the network. The size of nodes in the graph is relevant to the amount of payments they give or receive(weighted degree). It is clearly seen the giant size of the 2 nodes that monopolize the exchange of funds (Dept. of Defence and CTA Inc.). It is worth noticing that 71% of the links (payment relations) are initiated from Dept. of Defence.


Public Payments to Forbes Global 2000 Companies

Company nameTotal amount# Payments
Northrop Grumman 2,344,246,913101
L-3 Communications 1,567,633,301292
Honeywell International 723,804,338154
General Dynamics 333,831,155227
BAE Systems 332,676,941109
Microsoft 265,083,75425
Raytheon 106,652,840188
Lockheed Martin 89,392,092125
Cisco Systems 80,911,133318
Harris 69,474,477183
URS 62,374,61874
Dell 62,128,697312
Motorola 44,917,75934
Hewlett-Packard 43,506,697185
ITT 41,586,56329
Boeing 37,571,81142
DCC 36,999,51045
Oracle 35,780,712113
Sharp 34,938,53174
SAP 30,201,70265
Mitsubishi Electric 29,102,39182
Ingram Micro 28,970,319184
AMEC 28,859,20163
Cummins 27,829,45941
Goodrich 26,855,30767
Crown 25,863,89122
Kone 23,100,54152
Computer Sciences 20,854,40856
Parker-Hannifin 18,196,48646
Eaton 18,058,43822
EMC 17,021,15829
ACE 16,267,71643
Schneider Electric 12,348,97210
Stryker 12,272,46483
McKesson 12,258,9372
Siemens 11,965,24437
Light 11,399,49231
Tech Data 11,375,62449
Jacobs Engineering 10,613,60347
Total 10,364,16234
Accenture 9,960,88311
Juniper Networks 7,832,56720
Caterpillar 7,770,7998
Rockwell Collins 7,630,45212
Lawson 6,979,8958
Ball 6,406,91518
EADS 6,402,15116
CBS 5,970,50015
AT&T 5,963,68615
Alcoa 5,807,69513
Thales 5,587,78610
Commercial Metals 5,350,0626
Timken 5,300,66046
Continental 5,040,17229
Waters 4,633,23625
Sodexo 4,192,6986
Alliant Techsystems 4,176,01114
Union Pacific 3,594,1871
Safran 3,491,1602
Pearson 3,384,6121
Nestl? 3,201,7482
Hess 3,140,0001
Progressive 3,027,78413
Amphenol 2,873,61837
United Technologies 2,793,0304
Thomson 2,787,5278
Empire 2,698,51837
Nelnet 2,250,0001
K+S 2,240,92017
Thomson Reuters 1,910,4674
Johnson Controls 1,790,8406
Corning 1,608,5977
Fujitsu 1,590,8565
SPX 1,581,1407
Sumitomo 1,405,5417
MAN 1,394,8255
Next 1,369,4817
Delphi 1,241,1183
Waste Management 1,233,8195
Ashland 1,226,06014
Western Refining 1,186,4777
ArcelorMittal 1,181,6876
Symantec 1,176,9526
Edison 1,168,9795
Textron 1,149,2734
SGS 1,064,2265
Precision Castparts 1,014,2121
Zodiac 994,1124
Sherwin-Williams 959,6088
American Electric 954,4659
FMC 941,9973
Dover 893,3674
Target 846,1816
Google 768,9502
Lafarge 762,6601
Xerox 762,4314
Emerson Electric 745,81526
Ricoh 744,6883
Sandvik 740,0001
Viacom 725,9002
Dana Holding 650,9298
Intel 648,9354
Aon 624,3484
Mosaic 500,5773
Adecco 500,0001
Praxair 498,7133
Lear 467,2032
Arrow Electronics 465,87411
Reliance Steel 428,1758
Canon 413,4281
Atlas Copco 394,3813
Airgas 389,88611
Avnet 363,0974
JBS 338,2592
Hitachi 322,6823
Tyco Electronics 322,6594
Masco 304,9233
BCE 303,8792
Safeway 301,5092
Research In Motion 295,7181
Illinois Tool Works 293,79927
TMK 286,4432
Panasonic 250,7773
Tesco 235,0143
Rexel 223,9593
Huntsman 221,3501
ABB 220,4542
Adobe Systems 216,8623
NetApp 214,8171
DISH Network 212,5001
Windstream 191,0452
SMC 167,4801
El Paso 162,8062
Linde 147,3242
WorleyParsons 131,6036
Sumco 131,0301
Kintetsu 128,8444
Saint-Gobain 125,7202
Kubota 120,0393
G4S 114,6481
Denso 111,4231
AES 103,4756
ALFA 100,7983
MDU Resources 93,2401
Alstom 84,9862
Olympus 74,1062
TDK 74,0002
Keyence 66,6301
NTN 60,2982
Komatsu 60,0001
Fluor 59,8402
Sun Microsystems 58,1942
Kroger 56,6182
Fastenal 52,3132
CenturyTel 46,2441
Renewable Energy 42,7001
Gannett 38,7001
Ingersoll-Rand 37,5711
Danaher 35,5791
DBS Group 34,2832
Ecolab 33,5001
Home Depot 32,9791
NEC 32,3192
Nikon 29,7941
Best Buy 28,6101
Kyocera 27,5001
Securitas 26,8321
Federal-Mogul 25,7601
Moody's 25,5581
FedEx 25,0001
Apache 15,3601
Acer 7121