posted on Dec, 18 2010 @ 03:06 PM
reply to post by justwokeup
I can only speak for the military point of it....
Supposedly, a widget is needed by the DoD and a bid process is followed. The best competitor wins. Nothing amazing there other than it moves at a
glacial pace. By the time the widget arrives in combat, it is usually out dated and requires an upgrade/modification/etc. Since the equipment gets
used for decades, any item will have multiple models reflecting its update.
Since 9-11, that process has been streamed line somewhat. As a Soldier, I appreciate that. As a taxpayer, I have my concerns. It is a good thing good
equipment gets to where it is needed for this war and not the next. Granted. However the exorbitant cost does not always guarantee a successful item.
Junk still makes it through because the procurement process is SO convoluted.
I will not even venture into the politics of no bid contracts, selling the DoD what it never asked for, etc. That pretty much speaks for itself.