Remember that anti-war bumper sticker that said;”what if the Air Force had to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber?” Now that might be funny to a left-leaning individual driving a Volvo, sporting a Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead shirt, and on their way to a Sierra Club sponsored march against an oil company, but what many do not understand is that the reason we have a Federal Government was not to give people what they want, but instead to provide for our common defense.
“Okay,” you say,”but what about the skyrocketing prices of a number of these war toys?” Yes, there are some huge costs, and they’re also threatening our liberty, because without cost efficiency we cannot maintain an adequate army to shield all we are and all we have assembled in this wonderful nation – and that truly was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, and I am not saying that just because of my Blue Blood Mayflower ancestry or due to my family history of hardship in the beginning to get it going – I am saying it, since it are true.
There was another troubling article about the cost of the JSF F-35 manufacturing in Reuters on October 25, 2013 titled;”Pentagon needs F-35 contractor accountability since it weighs output increase,” by Andrea Shalal-Esa, which said;”The Pentagon’s chief arms buyer wants details on how Lockheed Martin Corp and other companies will be held liable for the quality and reliability of the F-35 fighter jet as he considers whether to approve an increase in the airplane’s production, U.S. defense officials said.”
Okay however, let’s not try to find blame at Lockheed so fast today, allow me to tell you why I say that. You see, among the biggest problems is feature creep, and that’s not Lockheed’s fault, it is the many change orders and those costs. There is a disconnect between the procurement process and finite capacity scheduling models – and the new way of electronic supply chains, instant information, and real time customer service.
Lockheed needs to get with the program and the Pentagon should grow up and stop living in the old world -“ditch the bureaucracy you knuckle heads, I’m not please, I’m not amused, I’m not impressed,” I say. You can still have six sigma on the fly – seriously – how they hell do you guys run away – if you can’t even purchase a plane?
So, no I am not a left-leaning peacenik socialist, nor am I signed on the Neo Con con-game – rather, as an American, I’m saying we could do better, and better we need to, because there are others who are rapidly building up their militaries and for less price, and they have great ambitions for their future as the empire controlling planet Earth, if you can’t see it, you are not watching and you have not studied your history considerably.
The right cannot yell at the left until it gets its house in order and the left cannot keep spending our treasury into oblivion if they would like to protect this wonderful state and watch it to continue to prosper. It is time to come together, it’s time for some honesty, and it is time to pony up and walk the talk. Eisenhower’s warning aside, believe you me, we have created more crisis on the other side also, namely;
- Industrial Academic Complex
- The Alternative Energy Industrial Complex
So, let’s all come clean and start running our affairs with a little common sense. Otherwise, one day we might be holding a bake sale for your kid’s college tuition, your next medical operation, your retirement account, your home’s solar panels, and upgraded spyware detection software. Please think about all this and think on it.