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  • Nice success story, but...
    marxwj
    This is still small potatoes. It is good to do, but I am sure it cost money that Congress isn't willing to invest these days. It also truly is impossible in the Defense Department where Congress must approve any significant change in funding or operations. When a Congressman pushes through approval to spend billions purchasing 300 tanks the Army doesn't need, the Army has no say in the purchase. They have to spend the money and they have to spend in purchasing 300 tanks that will sit in a field somewhere and rust away, until they too are replaced. The Navy is being forced to purchase diesel submarines it doesn't need, just to keep the makers employed for some future date when we may no longer be able to use our nuclear subs for some reason. Congress knows we have more bases than we can use. Several are less than half occupied at a time when we are reducing troop levels. We have industry looking for room to expand and we have military facilities in urban areas we don't need. It would be of tremendous benefit to our industry to turn over these already developed properties for commercial development, but Congress won't listen. I am sure there are lots of little opportunities like the one listed above that over time could save some money and make the government work better, but not every office is so willing to support such things and if Congress hears about it before you get well on your way, expect trouble.
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  • Bad Info
    ben
    I think you need to check on some of your info. There are no diesel submarines in US Navy inventory. Nor, any companies in the US that make them. I believe Spain still makes them. But, too heavy to work.
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  • Unwanted Arms
    Moderate
    There are thoughts about buying electric diesel subs for coastal fighting such as off North Korea per Wikipedia. I have no technical knowledge in this area. The article said that they are quieter and more suitable for this environment. However, according to the article there are only nuclear subs. But, his point is still valid.
    worker
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  • Unwanted Arms
    Moderate
    There are thoughts about buying electric diesel subs for coastal fighting such as off North Korea per Wikipedia. I have no technical knowledge in this area. The article said that they are quieter and more suitable for this environment. However, according to the article there are only nuclear subs. But, his point is still valid.
    worker
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  • It is not just about spending!
    Marc H.
    Good points. It just enforces the point it is not just about spending/entitlements. More importantly, it is continued poor management starting with the Hill. And that includes the Hill ordering tanks we do not need. BTW, on more than one occasion, I have approached more than one congressman/his staff offering to help evaluate programs and cut costs. No comment. This is no different than the call to eliminate the ACA (Obamacare). My question is, if you want to dump it, where is your plan to replace it with what you believe is better?
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