Category Archives: Defense Procurement

NDAA: Chris Hedges Barks Up the Wrong Tree

Chris Hedges is not suing the president for personal publicity; I’m afraid it’s much worse than that. He’s a committed pacifist with a very respectable record of leadership in the movement, putting his body where his words are. But the … Continue reading

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Why I’m Not a Drone Hysteric

Drone fever: catch it! RT America, in August: The US will drop billions on defense spending with the purchasing of 55 Global Hawk drone planes over the next few years. Each of the four dozen-plus spy crafts comes at a … Continue reading

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Death Star Programmatics

Lt. Col. Dan Ward, US Air Force, has made an important contribution to fanboydom. Don’t Come to the Dark Side: Acquisition Lessons from a Galaxy Far, Far Away is also a great introduction to the pitfalls of military program management: In the … Continue reading

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HALE-D Takes Flight

High Altitude Long Endurance-Demonstrator (HALE-D) is a Lockheed Martin creation. This solar-powered blimp maintains its position at 60,000 feet (18,000 meters in Canadian altitude) to overwatch a 600-mile wide patch of Earth. Obviously, the military has surveillance and secure comms … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon TV: Why We Fight

One of the best documentaries of the last ten years, Why We Fight takes its title from the WWII propaganda series hosted by Walter Cronkite. A mythology of security that began with the surprise attack by Japan on December 7th, … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon TV: Why We Fight

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Goodbye To The Hummer

General Motors has given up on selling the Hummer brand to China. Meanwhile, the Army will not buy any more of them after 2011 as they move to mine- and rocket-resistant vehicles. As one of those procurement decisions made under … Continue reading

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Morning Awful

Do you remember when the right erupted over the CBS docudrama about the Reagans? It turned out to be a somewhat oversimplified telling of St. Ronald as good-hearted, if slightly confused old man. This is brought to you by the … Continue reading

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Richard Shelby

I’ll give Jeff Sessions credit: he at least wrote back to me about his gang-rape vote. Richard Shelby, on the other hand, has yet to acknowledge the complaint. Now Shelby’s put an unprecedented “blanket hold” on 70 Obama nominees, and … Continue reading

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All You Need To Know About Defense Procurement

One CH-47F Improved Cargo Helicopter: $32 million. Some U.S. special forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan may be at higher risk than usual of injury and death because the Pentagon has not equipped their units with enough helicopters to transport them … Continue reading

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