Words and phrases sometimes creep into Pentagon contract announcements that can be revealing, in a hocus-pocus kind of way.
On Friday, for example, the Navy announced a $127,740,214 “fixed-price-incentive-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to the previously awarded F-35 Lightning II Program Air System Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 5 contract.”
One needs Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus to make it through that mouthful, which is designed to pay F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin for “previously announced Undefinitized Contractual Action (UCA) for a total of 32 F-35 Air Systems.”
Battleland remembers when they were called “aircraft,” or “airplanes.”
Regardless, there’s a lot of lawyer-sanctioned gibberish as to what the extra money is paying for, including this gem: “diminishing manufacturing sources redesign.”
If someone schooled in the finer arcana of government contracting can enlightened us as to what this phrase means, we’re all ears at firstname.lastname@example.org
h/t Bob Cox