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Originally posted by Romantic_Rebel
Cheap? Did you just say cheap? Tell me I just did not here you say that!
The U.S. is the country with the highest amount of money funded for the military.
Originally posted by Freedom is Key
Oh no they are definitely not cheap take a look at this defense contractors list. Whats even scarier this is only in the year 2008. This is one reason the American deficit is astronomical.
Originally posted by WhiteOneActual
Any specific weapons/programs you have in mind?
You have to consider cost/benefit analysis. Is the XM8 that much better to justify replacing a million perfectly good rifles at several thousand dollars apiece, plus the cost of ammo and man-hours to retrain and qualify every Soldier in the military on it? Why replace an army of perfectly good M1 tanks and M2 bradleys with an inferior FCS platform to simplify logistics when that simplification is going to entail a complete restructuring of a billion dollar logistics system during wartime? (Or more realistically, adding an additional logistics system while both platforms are fielded simultaneously?)
But if you'd like to see more cool stuff, call your congressman. I always enjoy getting new toys. I could use a remote weapons station on my tank so I could use my .50 without getting shot at (it wouldn't be as fun but my wife would appreciate it).
Originally posted by davespanners
Maybe they have decided that spending more money on weapons then the whole of the rest of the world put together is enough for the moment.
In the unlikely event that America has to go to war with every single other country on the earth at the same time they would still have weapons to spare, it's soldiers they would run out of, a helicopter isn't much good without a pilot