This is an excellent explanation of how the military industrial complex works. (Or doesn’t for the American taxpayer.)
Kudos to Trump for putting pressure on the defense contractors. He should keep the pressure on. Particularly when it comes to the F-35 which is a giant overpriced works program for retired military. The littoral ship fleet needs close examination also.
If one wants a better deal in anything one has to ask for one. We’ll see how much better this ends up being for the taxpayers.
No no Mr. and Ms. Taxpayer, everything is fine. Fine. Just a couple of little hiccups.
The F-18 is a beloved jet. The Navy might be happy with this. Always better to have 2 engines over the open ocean than just one. (The F-35 has a single engine.)
How one creates a “comparable” version of the F-18 seems quite a challenge to say the least. Trump’s challenge might keep Lockheed a little more honest however. (This is of course relative. We are talking about Boeing and the defense contractor game here.)
In reality we should probably be asking whether we should even have human pilots in the next generation of fighters.
Surprise, surprise, Trump calls out Lockheed for cost overruns on the F-35 and the Military Industrial Complex freaks out. Trump is mistaken we are told. The Pentagon asserts that the F-35 is actually a good deal for the taxpayers.
This is good to see. About time Lockheed felt some real pressure on the F-35. Lockheed and many subcontractors have been riding this taxpayer financed gravy train for far too long.
But it looks cool. I guess.
For the record I have spoken to people in the business who swear that in the end the F-35 will be a fantastic fighting system.
I’m not so sure. I’m not the only one.
I’ll bet even this is a low ball number.
No one in Washington really seems to care about reining in the size of government. (There is a tiny minority.) The Dems want welfare and corporate welfare. The Republicans want corporate welfare and “defense” spending. There is no real effort to save money for the taxpayers. And the thing is many supposed small government “conservatives” give “defense” a pass on spending. Much of the military is chock full of boondoggles. Anyone who has been around the military (and I am a Navy brat) knows this.
Flaming hoops to jump through. Whips. Elephants. Dung. High-wire acts. Clowns.
Yep, that’s Congress for you.
We run this video (the distilled version) once a year or so and this seems an appropriate time to run it again. Below is perhaps one of the most important speeches ever given by a president. Eisenhower, the former General of the Army, addresses the danger of the Military Industrial Complex in his farewell to the American people.
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