Recently, an American who made many millions off of the military industrial giant red ink ocean here in the US, built himself this massive touring machine that is grossly over-engineered. Which is exactly what is wrong with all our military equipment these days: Inventor spends millions on RV to take his four year old around the world | Mail Online
The incredible interior boasts everything from a fully stocked office, kitchen and bedroom, to a popup tent on the roof for Kira, Ferren’s four year daughter the truck was designed for.
Bran Ferren, the 61 year old cofounder and chief creative officer of Applied Minds, a world-renowned tech and design firm whose on-the-record customer list includes General Motors, Intel, and the US Air Force, has spent four years traveling the world to talk to experts as he finalised the truck’s design.
The above machine has literally everything including a kitchen sink. And is vulnerable to nearly every weather mishap one could think of especially ice. Its many moving and electronic parts can have millions of things go wrong and is very difficult to fix. It is cluttered with every possible bell and whistle most of which create more dangers than doing anything good.
And then this old man will park the young daughter from his obviously young wife and drive around the place in this thing that crawls with dangers to children. Inappropriate, dangerous, expensive and wildly unusable due to too many distractions and complexities: this is how our military operates and why it is mainly a failure and why it is so extremely expensive to keep in order and why it is bankrupting us.
Supposedly, we are cutting back on everything except money for Israel and for foreign coups: 2013 Pentagon budget: Why so much spending on big-war weapons?
There is a mismatch between the defense strategy and the defense budget. The strategy emphasizes a “leaner, meaner” military, with more emphasis on small-scale campaigns, special-ops forces, and unmanned aircraft. But the budget lays out the usual bounty for large-capital, big-war weapons systems…
Last year, the Air Force and Navy, which operate the program jointly, bought 31 of the planes for $9.7 billion. This year, they’re buying 31 for $9.2 billion. For next year, the Pentagon proposes to buy 29 for $9.2 billion. It’s a cut, a slight one, in the number of planes, but no cut at all in the money spent, because the cost of each plane is going up…
here’s also $781.7 million for the first year of construction on a new nuclear aircraft carrier (they usually take about five years to build). Does the Navy really need 11 carriers to perform all its missions? And are all those missions necessary? Carriers are expensive enough; but each carrier, besides carrying a lot of planes and sailors, is but the lead ship of a “carrier battle group,” which includes a complement of cruisers, destroyers, and other ships, all of which are also expensive…
For instance, there’s the Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), aka the GPS-guided “smart bombs” dropped by high-flying planes with pinpoint precision. These things cost almost nothing. The Air Force and Navy are requesting 4,350 of them at a total cost of $204 million. That’s about $40,000 apiece. Or take the Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”). The Pentagon wants $884 million to buy 24 more (about $35 million each).
One of the most dangerous things in war is the overhead cost of equipment. If weapons and systems are too expensive, you can’t afford to lose anything. And wars are all about losing lots of things including lives. Just as dying empires like Japan can’t afford even 10,000 deaths in war due to a declining population, the US can’t afford to see even one jet go down due to the insanely high cost.
One ship going under will be immensely destructive in terms of cost. The stupid drones are hideously expensive and ALL of them are useless after a short while. The cost of assassinating poorly armed peasant warriors in Afghanistan and Yemen is in the millions each. Meanwhile, they spend pennies attacking us successfully. This disparity of cost is exactly why bin Laden wanted to lure us into Yemen and Afghanistan. He knew the overhead costs of our ridiculous system would destroy our finances and it has.
During WWII, Russia successfully developed and used fairly inexpensive weapons systems that effectively ground down the fearful Nazi military machine and grind it to dust: Weapons of Victory: Katyusha! Episode 28! (English subtitles) – YouTube
These multi-rocket weapons systems terrorized the Nazis and drove them rapidly back into the streets of Berlin where these rockets proceeded to tear apart the entire city leading to Hitler committing suicide. The only reason the US didn’t go bankrupt during WWII is due to Roosevelt’s refusal to allow the manufacturers to set their own prices. He stopped the Daddy Warbucks game in order to win the war.
With the Vietnam war, the Daddy Warbucks game began all over again and after Reagan, it ran out of control under all Presidents including today, Obama. Congress yaps about money and then spends it like fiends due to this being a looting expedition with nothing to do about protecting our country or keeping it solvent and healthy. And now we are being egged into confronting Putin on his own territory with him being very popular and Obama quite unpopular and with the Russians not deep in debt to anyone while we owe everyone including Putin, a lot of money.
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