posted on Apr, 5 2016 @ 01:07 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
And unions + politically-motivated factory sitings in areas with minimal technical expertise but lots of political pull are an especially dangerous
Locally, in the transit world, the MBTA just flushed a half billion dollars down the toilet on commuter rail coaches that were assembled by
under-qualified workers at a thinly-veiled make-work program in Philly. They came in two years late, required months of warranty repairs before they
were accepted, and they're already falling apart.
And we're about to do it all over again with subway cars assembled at a pop-up plant in Springfield.
I can't imagine that the same thing doesn't happen all the time with all the pork subcontractors involved in your typical defense procurement.
Meanwhile, I keep coming back to the A350 I saw last week. That was a revolutionary yet evolutionary aircraft that went from its de facto conception
after the complete redesign in Summer 2006 to entering revenue service in January 2015. In terms of scope and complexity(and lines of code), it is
easily an equal to most any defense project short of the F-35 or the B-21, and yet Airbus took it from renderings to runways in less than 9 years.
All from having ILFC and the Middle/Far East carriers constantly breathing down their necks.
Compare that to the prolonged developments of the KC-46 or the CH-53K, not to mention the A400M or the NH90, and you start to wish there were more
Steven F. Udvar-Hazys running the show at the Pentagon.
But I guess it's a lot harder to bribe a billionaire than it is to bribe a politician or a general...