Wal-Mart’s incredible profits have been compared to the GDP of entire countries. A 2000 estimate places Wal-Mart 25th among the world’s nations with $166 Billion in sales. 2006 sales were $312 Billion and places Wal-Mart in 27th place. Not bad for a department store.
What if they translated a reasonable percent of their profit into military spending?
- If Wal-Mart spends only 3% of total sales or as much as Israel spends($8.7 Billion) it would have:
168,000 active troops
3700 Main Battle Tanks
400 combat aircraft
Wal-Mart might want a strong navy to protect their container ships and perhaps use a little “gunboat diplomacy” to open some new factories.
Then it might want to step it up to a $13 Billion budget to gain a respectable navy modeled after Brazil’s Navy. This is still only 4 percent of Wal-Mart’s total sales in 2006.
- The Corporate Naval Forces of Wal-Mart (CNFW) would include:
1 aircraft carrier
6 mine sweepers
3 amphibious landing ships
and a sizable assortment of smaller patrol boats and auxiliary vessels.
Of course, Wal-Mart would have a great military retirement plan. Upon completion of a full career in the Walmart Corporate Armed Forces each retiree is guaranteed a position as a greeter in one of over 6200 stores worldwide.
Recruiting for the Wal-Mart Armed Forces would be easy if they use their pool of 1.6 million employees. Based on some of my own shopping experiences, I can’t think it would be difficult to find plenty of disgruntled store employees who would jump at the chance to shoot someone.