Lots of publicity these days about the government giving surplus military arms and money to buy equipment to the nation's police forces. It reminds me of the good old days, back when Congressmen gave out seeds--no I wasn't alive then but those gifts are credited as the seeds (pun intended) which grew into the USDA.
Much the same political dynamic may be going on today. The public always asks its government: "what have you done for me lately" and it's nice for Congresspeople to be able to point with pride to their gifts. Used to be that they pointed to "pork", once they distributed seeds, in the 21st century they can point to shiny objects from DOD or money from TSA. All part of GWOT.