posted on Oct, 20 2008 @ 12:59 PM
I owned a Manufacturing company in California from the late 70's to the early 2000. These were days of Military hardware, NASA and star wars, desert
storm and iraqi war...defense contracting is an ugly business. Kickbacks, greed, graft, material and substandard part substitution, contract rigging,
bid fixing, its a sordid mess and i left it. There were good companies and groups to work with ; EGG, Standford, UC Berkeley, Sandia Laboratories,
Ratheon, Argosystems, but too many others were just flat out corrupt.
What is going on now due to the massive outlays in spending in Iraq, money that is flushed down the toilet. Add the horrible environment
( Desert is second only to salt corrosion) for moving parts...the Military is looking at complete rebuilding anything that went to Iraq.
The Bush adminstration has backed the US military into a no win situation, it must rebuild and purchase new technologies, but the funds for the
next decade have already been spent in Iraq. so it will buy the cheapest part it can buy...and purchases on a worldwide network...there are certain
parts that can only be purchased in the USA, but even then companies get around those restrictions...I am surprised there are not more planes and
vehicles simply falling out of the sky or just shutting down on the battlefield...
what the Govt must do is clean up defense contracting. Too few companies control 80% of the market and therefore control senators and congressman.
It may come to tragic loss of life or catastrophic failure of an entire system before someone stands up and questions the status Quo.
[edit on 20-10-2008 by Hallberg Rassy]