December 17, 2007
Cheap is as Cheap Does

Today's "why are you spending so much money when the old stuff is doing the job?" article is brought to you by the Washington Post.

I remember these sorts of stories coming thick and fast during the last fighter jet procurement cycle. Everyone knew the F-4 was the plane to have, we knew how they worked, we had tons of parts, and all the R&D was paid for. Of course, it wasn't their butts getting strapped into a design a generation out of date, so who cared?

I do think the development cycle of modern combat weapons is suspiciously protracted. Then again, considering it's the federal government we're talking about here, I suppose I should be impressed they're able to get anything done well.

Posted by scott at December 17, 2007 02:04 PM

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Yep - no understanding of what the difference in quality means to survivability and its impact on the battlefield.

Nor accounting principles.

Posted by: Ron on December 17, 2007 03:12 PM
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