posted on May, 2 2018 @ 12:59 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
And it's not just the Air Force that's in this sorry state. The other day I passed a convoy of national guard humvees where multiple vehicles had
wobbling mis-balanced tires and rain covers held together with duct tape, and one glance at the major structural issues that the Ticons are having
makes the idea that they're the backbone of the USN's air defense system downright terrifying. We as a nation have spent a quarter century being
complacent and choosing to save money by not replacing old systems and airframes while allowing the few projects we HAVE undertaken to balloon into
nightmarish monsters of pork-ridden bloat that come in years behind schedule and billions of dollars over-budget.
Now, our chickens are coming home to roost, and the sad reality is that despite a handful of flashy fighter programs and a bunch of expensive toys
collecting dust at Groom and TTR, the USAF today is probably closer to the Russian Air Force in terms of fleet age and the state of its equipment than
it is to the PLAAF, and unfortunately this is all happening as the Chinese are in the midst of a major, 1930s Germany-level re-armament (at the same
time that we can't even get a tanker based on a Carter-era airliner to work right).
Geopolitical concerns aside, it just especially sucks that lives are being lost because of this ****storm of apathy, pork, and governmental
inertia/indecisiveness. My condolences to everyone involved.
edit on 2-5-2018 by Barnalby because: (no reason given)