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Old 07-31-2012, 01:55 PM   #16
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You know ... instead of the huddled masses and wretched refuse, couldn't we ask for everyone else's rich, smart and well-dressed masses?
I think those are the "storied pomp" -- aren't you glad that doesn't have an I?
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:25 PM   #17
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With respect to the cost of each plane:

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In February 2011, the Pentagon put a price of $207.6 million [flyaway cost] for each of the 32 aircraft to be acquired in FY2012, rising to $304.15 million ($9,732.8/32) if its share of RDT&E spending is included [weapon system cost].

I will say this about the F-35, it's gorgeous to look at. I just want to pet the plane and feel my hands against its beautiful skin.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:42 PM   #18
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No doubt. It is a beauty of a bird. Betcha' that mofo is a f'ing blast to tool around in.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:58 PM   #19
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Re: F-35 video.

Some of you guys that are going emo over the dollar amounts are not looking at the big picture this aircraft is supposed to be part of.
The spending now is about not spending in the future.
The military wants fewer variants of aircraft.
This drives down training, maintenance and armament costs drastically.
Our aircraft carriers used to operate seven different kinds of aircraft.
They are close to getting that down to three.
Huge cost savings there.

Something else to consider aircraft wise.
Our B-52H fleet which was built in 1962 is still going strong and is slated to carry on until 2045.
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Re: F-35 video.

The concept of "budget" means nothing to our gov't. Literally it means nothing. To us, the word means spending money strategically relative to the amount of money we have or can reasonably expect to have. When operating on a "budget" you and I can decide that our 6 year old Honda Accord gets the job done and there is no need to EOL it. However the gov't actually knows no actual limit to the amount of money it can have. Dems want to take more money from the electorate and Pubs would rather raid funding for other less "useful" programs. But neither is actually serious about making value judgments on the actual products and services they buy with our money. I'm all for having the best military by a wide margin but isn't there a point when good enough is good enough? Will this plane actually save any more lives than the plane it replaces?
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Some of you guys that are going emo over the dollar amounts are not looking at the big picture this aircraft is supposed to be part of.
The spending now is about not spending in the future.
The military wants fewer variants of aircraft.
This drives down training, maintenance and armament costs drastically.
Our aircraft carriers used to operate seven different kinds of aircraft.
They are close to getting that down to three.
Huge cost savings there.

Something else to consider aircraft wise.
Our B-52H fleet which was built in 1962 is still going strong and is slated to carry on until 2045.
Perhaps...but efficiencies couldn't have been gained via some other less expensive initiative? Like maybe just not having 7 different kind of aircraft on each? If this bad boy replaces several other old and deteriorated models maybe it is worth it but was this the best route or just the coolest and most politically expedient solution?
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We are, as usual, probably closer in agreement than what seems to be coming across. Absurd spending, whether defense or social digs a hole. The hole is slightly different, one is made of - to use CRed's analysis - diamond studded brass knuckles and the other is made of a burgeoning dependent population.

I understand your point in that, absurd, irresponsible social spending essentially begets more absurd, irresponsible social spending. Meanwhile, absurd, irresponsible defense spending gets you a bunch of diamond studded brass knuckles.

The only point I make is that absurd, irresponsible spending - whether defense or social - is wrong and the F-35 is simply not a necessary expense.
Fair enough....and on another note if any of you have...NOT been to an airshow with a significant military presence performing. You...Really need to treat yourself...
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Perhaps...but efficiencies couldn't have been gained via some other less expensive initiative? Like maybe just not having 7 different kind of aircraft on each? If this bad boy replaces several other old and deteriorated models maybe it is worth it but was this the best route or just the coolest and most politically expedient solution?
Which ones do you suggest we get rid of?
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The concept of "budget" means nothing to our gov't. Literally it means nothing. To us, the word means spending money strategically relative to the amount of money we have or can reasonably expect to have. When operating on a "budget" you and I can decide that our 6 year old Honda Accord gets the job done and there is no need to EOL it. However the gov't actually knows no actual limit to the amount of money it can have. Dems want to take more money from the electorate and Pubs would rather raid funding for other less "useful" programs. But neither is actually serious about making value judgments on the actual products and services they buy with our money. I'm all for having the best military by a wide margin but isn't there a point when good enough is good enough? Will this plane actually save any more lives than the plane it replaces?
Really?
Then how come at one point my unit ran out of money to buy something as simple as toilet paper?
How come my pay was delayed three weeks because we topped out?
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Really?
Then how come at one point my unit ran out of money to buy something as simple as toilet paper?
How come my pay was delayed three weeks because we topped out?
because while our government may spend like crazy they simply are not good managers of money, likewise if your unit's financial section failed to account for enough necessities like toilet paper than they were apparently not very good money managers either. Finally, every military person knows that their pay is part of the cat and mouse game the congress plays nearly every year as sides fight for things like shiny new planes or hefty social programs.
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Fair enough....and on another note if any of you have...NOT been to an airshow with a significant military presence performing. You...Really need to treat yourself...
I agree with that. Growing up I was Civil Air Patrol and we would help with crowd control at Andrews air shows. Pretty impressive machines indeed.
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Some of you guys that are going emo over the dollar amounts are not looking at the big picture this aircraft is supposed to be part of.
The spending now is about not spending in the future.
The military wants fewer variants of aircraft.
This drives down training, maintenance and armament costs drastically.
Our aircraft carriers used to operate seven different kinds of aircraft.
They are close to getting that down to three.
Huge cost savings there.

Something else to consider aircraft wise.
Our B-52H fleet which was built in 1962 is still going strong and is slated to carry on until 2045.
Can you say what the projected cost savings are? if a B52 fleet can be maintained for 80 years and we can safely say that other countries are 4-6 years from having a technological equivalence and far longer to reach a numerical equivalence, then we certainly could have extended maintainence on our existing fleet for a few years while our government gets its house in order.
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Can you say what the projected cost savings are? if a B52 fleet can be maintained for 80 years and we can safely say that other countries are 4-6 years from having a technological equivalence and far longer to reach a numerical equivalence, then we certainly could have extended maintainence on our existing fleet for a few years while our government gets its house in order.
Your first question - I have no idea.
You statement after that.... I view it like software.
It becomes obsolete the day you release it.

The B-52 remains in the inventory for a two basic reasons AFAIC.
One is that it continues to get new electronics and technology every year.
The other is that it was an an amazingly good design, so much so that some say it was a fluke. ( a good fluke)
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You first question - I have no idea.
You statement after that.... I view it like software.
I becomes obsolete the day you release it.
so we shouldn't worry about hard costs because of unknown soft savings? that sounds like the type of math that leaves republicans screaming at social welfare spending. And I believe we are only building 32 of these so my guess is that we aren't replacing all the 7 types anytime soon given the numbers from JRs link.

I don't get the software analogy at all.
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Re: F-35 video.

In the era of intercontinental ballistic missiles and star wars like air defense systems do we even need war planes?
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