a reply to: facedye
Think about it. You spend months preparing your home security system to stop someone from breaking in. You spend thousands of dollars on the system.
You have cameras on the doors and windows, an alarm system, lights, the whole nine yards.
Then someone that's supposed to be in your home steals something. You have dozens of people in your home on a daily basis, and haven't been robbed
Then when you're chasing the person, they change their shirt and put a hat on. You're trying to find them, based on where other people are telling you
they went, based on the description you had. Oh, and they're running 15 mph, through an area that covers 20 or 30 blocks, and you're looking through a
cardboard tube. And you have one other friend helping, and he's looking through a tube as well. And if you do catch up to him, all you can do is watch
Incompetence? Or an incredibly difficult situation, that you have to handle with limited resources?
In this case, you're talking about millions of square miles, using two aircraft that also have to try to cover vital potential targets that can be
hundreds of miles apart, using a radar that can see a couple hundred miles, with a couple dozen other aircraft also flying in the area.
The military budget is very misleading. It looks huge, but when you break it down, the biggest portion doesn't go to the guys in the field, it goes to
maintenance and upkeep for bases, pay, and sometimes procurement. Once those are taken out, the guys in the field get enough, hopefully, to fund a
year of flying.
edit on 2/19/2017 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)