# What does the US Govt get out of its Assured Access funding of ULA?

ULA gets a so called subsidy (currently purported to be $800 million a year, since it is being considered to be cancelled) for Assured Access to space. Their lack of a bid on the GPS3 launch contract has bothered congress critters, who say, if we pay for this assured access, and you do not bid, what are we getting out of the money? Thus the question: What do we get out of the funding? • A "benefit" is a moral subjective concept which only exists for one single individual. "The government" is not a subjective individual and thus no government can ever have any benefit. So what individual do you replace your abstraction "government" with here? I'm sure there are individuals who have gained ALOT from this trick to fool naivists who say "they are the government and our doings are therefore good for you, so you don't need to think about it, just assume it blindly!". You have to analyze a government as a gang of greedy individuals in order to understand why gov's do what they do. – LocalFluff Feb 1 '16 at 17:18 • @LocalFluff Do not disagree, was trying to be more polite about and support the fiction that govt does things of benefit. – geoffc Feb 1 '16 at 17:57 • youtube.com/watch?v=2Ff_5jF_3QU&t=4029s And it's \$1 Billion ;) – TildalWave Feb 1 '16 at 21:01
• I imagine the subsidy also gives the government easier access to ULA's progress, developments, patents, etc. – Joe L. Feb 2 '16 at 4:43
• @LocalFluff: your definition of benefit is incorrect. A benefit can be to a group as well as an individual. No definition of 'benefit' I've found excludes governments. – Hobbes Feb 2 '16 at 7:50