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  • More cuts to come.
    gatorj
    It is past time to focus on programs that do not work as advertised. It is time to re-think the contract for the F-35 and other develop and build as we go programs. The F-35 is out of control and it cannot fly. Too many rushed projects that did not live up to what the contractors sold to the military. In the civilian world, the contractors would be on the hook for the money. The Pentagon just looks the other way.
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  • No cuts for Israel
    Reader11722
    Cuts for US defense but no cuts for Israel $$, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights. They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like "America Deceived II". They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you. They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars. Impeach Obama. Last link of "America Deceived II" before it is completely banned: http://www.amazon.com/America-Deceived-II-Possession-interrogation/dp/1450257437
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  • Contractors?
    Mikulskiisuselss
    Hey Chuck!! Why don't you ask ho many contractors are on your payroll? That's right, nobody knows. But we all know its way too many. How about standing guard at the PNT doors and telling 2 out of every three pink badgers that come in their services are no longer needed and we'll make due with the lower paid Fed workforce.
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  • never good enough
    deployed decoy
    Well in my daze employed by Army, the best was not good enough. Let alone the 90% answer at a fraction of the cost. Go back to Kosovo. Army Europe G3 mandated use of QualComm vehicle tracking and funded this effort. I had used this same platform with the BLM fire for safety and last ditch communications medium and soon became the Army Europe Logistics expert on vehicle satellite tracking. The QualComm platform cost about $6.3M a year circa 2006. That covered a satellite footprint in Europe from the arctic circle to the seaports of north Africa and throughout the Middle East. The cost per vehicle installed for the system was about $1,700 and any added vehicle to this platform cost the O&M zero to add one or 5,000 vehicles. Not good enough. I was ordered to follow DoD Directives to terminate this blue force tracking across two combatant commands. Then in Europe replace it with MTS a Comtech Mobil platform. MTS operated on a completely different satellite system, frequencies and modulation. It was also military specific as opposed to QualComm having commercial use licenses across Europe. Besides the per vehicle cost of close to $27,000 to install a device, the facts that MTS had known deficiencies in a combat environment due to unique satellite characteristics, and many counties in Europe refusing to provide the USA authorized frequencies and use permits… We fielded MTS across Army Europe. We could not legally use it in Germany because the Army fielded it on a frequency that Germany had specifically directed US not to use because that spectrum was reserved for internal emergency host nation civil defense. Besides incurring over $10,000,000.00 in potential willful fines from Germany, we used it until I told the division chief if one of these transmitted next Monday, I was going straight to the German FTZ (the FCC in the USA) the fines for willful frequency violations in Germany are 10,000 Euros per offence. She got it and by Monday the screen was dark. Not that this mattered because we could not track a shipment to Italy from Germany because Italy was on a different satellite and every country in between had refused to authorize MTS usage at all. The actual satellite costs I never knew, but Germany alone when we did get on a host nation approved satellite, was north of $3M. Then to make matters worse. I received a very distraught telephone call from a BN Commander in the Middle East that was going to lose tracking of his entire mission, because he did not have MTS, but DTRACS. I told my boss again that she was going to be the one to pull the plug on that commander, not me. We kept the system active and saved American lives. However I still had to be the one to tell our contractors to NOT pull the plug on that mission, and could have been held responsible for the cost under contract law. Then the icing on the cake was, I was ordered to get a Army Europe combat BDE field MTS ahead of schedule by Army G4 Logistics. So I did. The Product Manager changed the fielding schedule and we got that lifesaving blue force tracking on the vehicles just a week before they went on the ships to the middle east. The problem was, someone way above my pay grade then ordered the BDE NOT to take MTS to the fight. Apparently CENTCOM had ordered all MTS to remain as stay behind equipment at the end of deployment so the next warfighter could live. So not wanting to lose this toy up in Germany, that BDE did an entire deployment likewise off the map with the satellite tracking in the box back in Germany. I cant make this stuff up. DoD has a lot to fix and it should start with simply ordering units to follow DoD Directives and Policies, maybe international laws, and taking away some of the power low level Generals have, combat zone commanders, or not. Then the PM sent a contractor to Germany through France. Just to avoid that contractor from paying German federal income tax. Em, that is how the Al Capone, maybe it is time to put a few in jail over this mess. That will thin out payroll and retirement costs.
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  • Saving Money
    RadicalVet
    After reading these comments, billions can be saved. Whom do you ask? The workers. It has been done before and eventually will be done again as soon as Congress starts using their brain instead of talking out their you know what. What is in Congress is left over hippe 60's draft dodger types. They were kicked to the curb then and they will be rail roaded out in the future. I was "square" for joining during Nam. Got in trouble for wearing my uniform off base etc. Now work for the DOD, Idiots in Congress are acting up again, was thinking about Retirement but not now.The old quote "Heck no we won't go" is back.Heck replaced other word Get your geritol and whoopie cushions ready you old Woodstock leftovers, we are going to have some fun again.
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