restricted access Pentagon Contracts and Dixie

Recent geographical scholarship on military spending is characterized by a thunderous silence. This paper analyzes Pentagon contracts awarded to Southern counties in 2011, including the branch of the armed forces that awarded them. It opens with an overview of the changing literatures on this topic. Second, it maps the distribution of these funds, emphasizing their highly uneven concentration in a handful of places, focusing on major drivers of their allocation, such as large commercial contractors with close ties to the federal government and the presence of military bases. Next, the paper investigates several potential sociodemographic correlates with military contracts, including family income, ethnicity, and political affiliation. The conclusion notes that Southern military spending may contract during periods of sustained federal government budget retrenchment.