CDR Salamander excoriates the USAF's recent light attack experiment, and in the process has some harsh words for the entire military procurement process.
When we actually have a no-kidding shooting war on our hands, our Soldiers and Marines die because they don’t have the support they need and have to execute missions with more risk. We expend untold millions of additional monies and airframe time shoe-horning other assets to do a job they are not designed to do, and they do it in a suboptimal manner when they do.
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Taxpayer money wasted and their sons and daughters die unnecessarily because we have a procurement system that does not support the military; the military supports the procurement system.
That is our shame.
Rip it up root-and-branch. Like an untended and neglected garden, it is overgrown with vines, weeds, and saplings – holed and corrupted by burrowing vermin.
There's more at the link.
Certainly, we've seen enough boondoggles, inefficiencies and downright disasters in the military procurement process to justify his criticism. (LCS, anyone? - or just ask the GAO about the F-35!) I think the good Commander is right on the money. The question is, how can the problem be solved? There are tens of thousands of entrenched bureaucrats, running a system strongly supported by the contractors who benefit from it - and the latter aren't afraid to spend their lobbying dollars influencing our politicians to let things continue as they are.
I think CDR Salamander's final paragraph may be the only way forward. Destroy the existing military procurement system, because it's too far gone to be salvageable or fixable.