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originally posted by: nwtrucker
a reply to: crazyewok
Stupidly high wages??
The reason my example paid that much was because it sucked! Tankers were targets for sniper...do you want to be the driver?? Add in, as civilians, we wouldn't be permitted any arms.
No hot water.....ever and SAND FLEAS. No booze, no broads, no football....no life.
I said no. Supply and demand.
Stupidly high wages? I say stupid to accepting lower wages....Do you really think these guys would pay that much if they could get guys for less??
I had a recent conversation with a spec-op member who had not re-upped. I asked him the current rate the Gov't was offering him to re-sign. He said 100K . He then mentioned Blackwater has offered him 1 meg for signing a 10 year deal.
Gave both of them the one fingered salute. Supply and demand.
Again, MAD no one wins.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Aazadan
The military builds virtually nothing off its own back. DARPA tend to just grab up any technological doodad that interests them, and figure out how to make it nasty for someone, or prevent nastiness by someone else. They may do these things in partnership with arms manufacturers, aviation companies, vehicle manufacturers and the like, but they do not design and build ideas from scratch, on their own, without industry support.
What I am saying is that all the things that are used by military personnel in the course of their duties, should be designed, built, and manufactured by military resources both human and financial, and should never be put in corporate hands for any reason. The guns that the military use should not be built or designed by private firms, or with the assistance of private industry, but by the military exclusively.
That is not to say that there should not be firearms manufacturing in private, corporate control. There should. But the military should be designing and building all the tech it uses, and the private industry should be limited to selling their products to private citizens.