Page nine, take two, this time with actual text in the second panel. Page ten. Hopefully this should all be a little bit clearer.
The overall point here is that the Army was paying one of their own officers an exorbitant amount of money on a separate contract to do something that they could have easily ordered a green-suiter to do at a fraction of the cost, with a middle-man making a handsome profit out of the deal. This is still a more common arrangement than one might think, and it relates to Smedley Butler’s original book/screed, also entitled War is a Racket, in which he advocated, among other things, drafting defense contractors and paying them military rates in order to take some of the profit out of the military-industrial complex. Butler was sometimes called a Red, but couldn’t hear the criticism over the sound of all of his Medals of Honor clanking together.