JSF Cost

Military Fighter Jet, Test, Flight, F-35

Remember that anti-war bumper sticker that said;”what if the Air Force had to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber?” Now that may be amusing to a left-leaning man driving a Volvo, sporting a Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead shirt, and on their way to a Sierra Club sponsored march against an oil company, but what many do not understand is the reason we have a Federal Government wasn’t to give people everything they want, but instead to provide for our common defense.

“Okay,” you say,”but what about the skyrocketing prices of a number of these war toys?” Yes, there are some huge costs, and they are also threatening our liberty, since without cost efficiency we can’t maintain a decent army to defend all we are and all we have assembled in this great nation – and that really was lots of blood, sweat, and tears, and I am not saying that just because of my Blue Blood Mayflower ancestry or due to my family history of hardship in the beginning to get it going – I am saying it, since it are true.

There was another troubling article about the cost of the JSF F-35 manufacturing in Reuters on October 25, 2013 titled;”Pentagon wants F-35 contractor accountability since it weighs output increase,” by Andrea Shalal-Esa, which said;”The Pentagon’s chief arms purchaser wants details on how Lockheed Martin Corp and other companies will be held accountable for the quality and reliability of the F-35 fighter jet as he considers whether to approve an increase in the airplane’s production, U.S. defense officials said.”

Okay but, let’s not try to find blame at Lockheed so fast today, let me tell you why I say that. You see, among the biggest issues is feature creep, and that’s not Lockheed’s fault, it is the many change orders and those costs. There is a disconnect between the procurement process and finite capacity scheduling models – and the new way of electronic supply chains, instant information, and real time customer support.

Lockheed should get with the program and the Pentagon should grow up and quit living in the old world -“ditch the bureaucracy you knuckle heads, I’m not please, I’m not amused, I’m not impressed,” I say. It is still possible to have six sigma on the fly – seriously – how they hell do you guys run away – if you can not even purchase a plane?

So, no I’m not a left-leaning peacenik socialist, nor am I signed on the Neo Con con-game – instead, as an American, I am saying we can do better, and better we need to, because there are others that are quickly building up their militaries and for a lot less cost, and they have great ambitions for their future as the empire controlling planet Earth, if you can not see it, you aren’t watching and you haven’t studied your history much.

The right can’t shout in the left until it gets its house in order and the left cannot keep spending our treasury into oblivion if they want to protect this wonderful state and watch it to continue to flourish. It’s time to come together, it’s time for some honesty, and it’s time to pony up and walk the talk. Eisenhower’s warning aside, believe you me, we have created more catastrophe on the other side too, namely;

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So, let us all come clean and start running our affairs with a little common sense. Otherwise, one day we might be holding a bake sale for your kid’s college tuition, your next medical operation, your retirement account, your home’s solar panels, and upgraded spyware detection software. Please consider all this and think on it.

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