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    Default Pax Americana, Technological Readiness and broken weapons systems

    Or "How we self-sabotage our starting positions for the next conflict, through unacceptable QC and wasteful Defense Spending"

    A $2.7 billion attack submarine, the USS Minnesota, has been out of commission for more than a year because of a defective pipe joint near the ship’s nuclear-powered engine.

    The defective part, which is worth about $10,000, was installed near the ship’s nuclear power plant. Engineers discovered the poorly welded steam pipe in early 2015, and ongoing repairs have led to the ship being stuck in overhaul ever since, according to Navy Times.
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    See also
    On Service and the F-35
    by William Herbert
    http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/on-...e-and-the-f-35
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    AdamG,

    The UK has a history of defence projects having issues, both historically and today. Plus a number of reports which have recommended "solutions".

    Not to overlook the decisions made by politicians to end, even embark on major projects. The Nimrod maritime aircraft upgrade and the two new aircraft carriers (which will currently have no aircraft).
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    AdamG,

    The UK has a history of defence projects having issues, both historically and today. Plus a number of reports which have recommended "solutions".

    Not to overlook the decisions made by politicians to end, even embark on major projects. The Nimrod maritime aircraft upgrade and the two new aircraft carriers (which will currently have no aircraft).
    CIMSEC did a podcast series on the Falklands War recently, the one with "Sharky" Ward has a good bit near the end with him savaging the UK's new carrier/F-35B foolishness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granite_State View Post
    CIMSEC did a podcast series on the Falklands War recently, the one with "Sharky" Ward has a good bit near the end with him savaging the UK's new carrier/F-35B foolishness.
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    http://cimsec.org/sea-control-97-fal...key-ward/19236

    Their whole series on the Falklands is great, worth getting on iTunes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    AdamG,

    The UK has a history of defence projects having issues, both historically and today. Plus a number of reports which have recommended "solutions".

    Not to overlook the decisions made by politicians to end, even embark on major projects. The Nimrod maritime aircraft upgrade and the two new aircraft carriers (which will currently have no aircraft).
    The back and forth decision over catapults on the Queenie class was hilarious, if it wasn't so sad.

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    The U.S. Air Force asked industry on Friday for proposals to replace the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile and the nuclear cruise missile as the military moves ahead with a costly modernization of its aging atomic weapons systems.

    The Air Force said in a statement it expected to award up to two contracts for a new ICBM weapons system, or ground-based strategic deterrent, sometime next summer or fall. It also expected to award up to two contracts in the same time frame for a new nuclear cruise missile, or long-range standoff weapon.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKCN1092MS
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    Wasn't this in "Hammer's Slammers"?
    http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/01...-will.html?m=1
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