01
Mar
11

Flying High Again

Ozzy, Flying High Again

I don’t really know much about military  procurement, so there’s not much I can offer as a comment, but I saw this and I was kind of intrigued.

Apparently, Boeing has been vying with some European manufacturer for a while now and the procurement game has finally come to an end with Boeing coming out on top. The article pronounces, with surprise, that it seems that Boeing won for now simply by cutting prices and creating a better product. Who would have thought?

This is a matter of efficiency, and think how much money we could save if we just got the procurement process to go right ALL THE TIME. We could buy all the same stuff and have new money left over to fix roads or give to poor people or whatever. The point is that efficiency is a magical thing: it gives you the same stuff for less!

I also think tankers are just kind of interesting because they are very important for the U.S. to be able to fly everywhere without having bases everywhere (though it seems that we do, as a matter of fact, have bases everywhere). But if we DIDN’T have bases everywhere, our planes could still fly to every part of the globe. Very useful for power projection.

Now all we have to do is figure out how to create a sustained competitive market for building missiles and gatling guns…markets that are hard to build competition for.

 

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