Pentagon’s top tester: Littoral ships ‘have a near-zero chance of completing a 30-day mission’

But lots of defense contractors got paid. (And continue to get paid.)

(From The Washington Examiner)

“The miracle of the LCS didn’t happen,” said Paul Francis of the Government Accountability Office. “We are 26 ships into the contract and we still don’t know if it can do its job.”

Originally scheduled to begin service in 2008 at a cost of $220 million per ship, its cost has doubled to $478 million each. And although ships have been commissioned and deployed,

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HIVEMIND: US Navy ‘discussed plans to fit humans with microchips and track their every move’

And who gets to be the “bee keeper.”

Welcome to the HIVEMIND. It’s happening.

The individual. Free will. It all just gets in the way of efficient management.

Even if this effort has only the very best of intentions it isn’t difficult to see how people who don’t have good intentions could manipulate this technology for truly horrific things.

“All necessities provided. All anxieties tranquilized. All boredom amused…”

(From The Sun)

The US Navy has held meetings to discuss highly controversial technology which could one day allow the government to track the movements of every single citizen in the country,

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Navy admiral pleads guilty in ‘Fat Leonard’ corruption scandal

It’s sad to see this. I am a Navy brat. I grew up to a large extent on Navy bases. That a flag officer has been taken down by such a scandal is no small thing. That as many as 30 admirals were or are under investigation due to connections to the “Fat Leonard” scandal is remarkable also.

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Military spending super creepy style. The Navy’s new drone swarms (VIDEO)

Image from screengrab

I guess this is federal money that at least produced something. I guess that is …. good? Imagine these guys coming up over a ridge. Yikes. Even crazier, imagine this technology at 1/10th the scale. Double yikes.

Yet another way algorithms are impacting our lives.

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Massachusetts Aims to Buy Pentagon Influence With $177 Million Bond

Typical base boom town (or one time boom town). Fueled of course by taxpayer dollars.

We need to close bases but the money which flows from taxpayers, through the federal government, to the communities which have grown up around bases is sweet. Entire political careers have been built on base money.

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On this one Ralph Nader is dead on, Our military is too large and should be cut. The Tea Party should step up he says.

I agree with him. If the Tea Party is truly, honest to goodness, for small government it should be for reducing the size of our military as well as for reducing domestic spending. I know for a fact that some people within what is called the Tea Party are all for cutting the size of the military, but still too few.

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The Pentagon is spending taxpayer dollars on what?

One of the biggest failings of conservatives over the years, and especially since the end of the Cold War, has been the failure to understand that the military is big government too. It is full of waste, and much larger than it should be.

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How to Cut $17-$20 Billion from Defense Right Away (For Starters)

Defense expenditures are double what they were in 2000. We need to find our way back to 2000 levels and then cut beyond that.

I say this as a navy brat with family currently in the military and the defense industry. It is absolutely crazy that we spend what we do on the military. The military is a big part of big government. A huge part.

The military unlike most federal expenditures is specifically outlined as a responsibility of the federal government in the Constitution.

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