posted on Jul, 4 2013 @ 10:10 AM
reply to post by LittleBlackEagle
Being a military brat myself, with a mother who was a VA nurse at the psych ward for many years, I know the good and the bad with the military.
There's a lot that they do that pisses me off as well, but sadly, until the rest of the world is willing to buy everyone a Coke and sing Khumbaya, we
need some kind of military force.
I would love to see acquisitions go back to the way they were in the days of Kelly Johnson and Ben Rich, where they would design a plane, go to the
Air Force and say "Hey, this is what we came up with. You need it." And three or four years later it was in service and going, instead of this
crap where we spend hundreds of billions of dollars, and 20 years later are still fixing initial development problems.
That's one thing that I love about this particular contract. It's reasonably priced for the number of aircraft they're getting (which if you've
followed the history of this debacle is an amazing turn around), and any cost overrun comes out of Boeing's pocket instead of the Air Force.
And this particular plane will have so many uses that will save lives it's not funny. This aircraft is larger than the current KC-135, so it can fly
more supplies into areas that need them. It can carry more people out to hospitals that can care for them, much faster than almost any other method.
Yes, it's a military plane, but military doesn't always mean it's a killing machine. Sometimes they really do go in and save a lot of lives.
I really wish we didn't need them, and would personally love to see what we could do with thousands of scientists working on things, but the black
projects developed by the military that will eventually come out, will blow you away (not literally). But sadly, until we can learn to get along,
which hasn't been since Thag hit Ungh over the head with a rock, there will be a need for a military. A smaller leaner military would be better, but
there will be a need for them.