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GAO Questions F-35 Sustainment Estimates

GAO Questions F-35 Sustainment Estimates | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sustainment estimates for the F-35 joint strike fighter may not be realistic and require further study before a plan is finalized, the government's watchdog wrote in a new report.
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This is the great boondoggle airplane that has already generated billions in overruns. For the most part, the F-35 is the child of congress, generating profits for contributors and investment in districts. I hear people scream about bailing out GM and Chrysler, but the Lockheed-Martin connection, well that is accepted in the name of defense. Bullshit!

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Lockheed Martin’s Herculean effort to profit from defense spending

Lockheed Martin’s Herculean effort to profit from defense spending | Upsetment | Scoop.it
How the defense contractor profited from an aircraft
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Sure we need weapons systems and planes for our military, but too often it is congress and lobbyists who are spending the money. Stop blaming the administration and even the Pentagon and start putting some of the blame where it really belongs, on Senators and Representatives who are being bought into the system.

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Hagel orders 20 percent cut in Pentagon top brass, senior civilians

The directive could force the Pentagon and military command staffs to shed 3,000 to 5,000 jobs.
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A good beginning, but it does remind of the question: What is the difference between the pentagon and kudzu? You can eventually cut back some of the kudzu.

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