I was surfing YouTube for airplane videos and stumbled across Rachel Maddow editorializing about the death of the F-22A.
I didn't disagree with the content, but I can't help but be worried about the undisguised glee in her tone that the program had failed.
She was utterly cheerful about how the program had been underbid and how Lockmart had spread the manufacturing around 88 senator's districts.
Why the fuck is she so gorram'd happy?
Honey, the F-22A was supposed to replace the F-15A and F-15C in the USAF inventory. The last F-15C ran off the line in St Louis in 1990, and that was a contract for Saudi Arabia. The youngest USAF F-15C is 27 years old.
She's right, our procurement system is broken. It's been broken for a very long time too.
Where was the press on reporting abut the multiple failures of the F-22 acquisition? Oh, they were there, reporting the whole time. Why were they ignored? Because nobody trusts them anymore!
If they report the sun comes up in the east most people will buy a compass and check it themselves before believing it.
Why? Think of how many times you've been watching the news on a topic you're well versed in. How often is the media just flat wrong or misleading by omission?
On military purchase issues they've cried wolf about every single thing ever bought since the Spanish American War (look it up!). Now there's actually a wolf and nobody listens.
I've got a partial solution to the issue.
Go back to how we did it in WW2 on procurement. We buy two designs for every need. Yes, that generates waste, but it also keeps the makers honest. The reason for buying two designs was that if one turned out to be a pig, we stopped ordering them and changed our order to the better of the two.
We resurrect the one good part of MacNamara's meddling. If the Navy plane does the job, then the Air Force buys them too. If they complain that the Navy plane costs more because of the carrier equipment, be sure to have them catalog all the money we saved by their exclusive cannot be exported buy of the F-22.
Of course, I'd also have AF Generals shot for showing even the slightest reluctance to buying planes that are good at close-air.
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