Sunday, January 30, 2011

Defense spending in a nutshell

Not the penny ante stuff like troop support and beans & bullets and such. No, today the Star-Telegram looks at the biggest spending disaster ofPentagon procurement, so far, the F-35. In one paragraph they manage to delineate how these great ideas go so expensively wrong.
There are numerous reasons for the F-35 debacle, say longtime defense observers, and most of them were predictable: Pentagon officials and military officers cobble together unrealistic goals, timetables and budgets, and defense contractors sign on knowing that once a big program is launched, it's seldom canceled and the money keeps flowing.
The only thing missing is the congressional pressure from the hired stooge of whatever district has a plant in it.


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