Pentagon Word$mithing…

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An F-35 comes to life.

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

h/t Bob Cox

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So Navy procuement is so lazy to definitize contracts that they even have a label for it, complete (of course) with acronym -- UCA.

And then they pile on with "fixed-price-incentive-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee modification."

Why an incentive fee on a fixed-price contract?  It should be fixed price with penalty fee.

Why the cost-plus? They still can't define what they want?

I betcha Frank Kendall will clear this up. Oh wait:NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Pentagon's chief weapons buyer on Wednesday reassured industry executives and investors that there was still "a lot of money" to be made in the defense business, despite mounting budget pressures that will limit spending on new arms programs. 

No wonder F-35 costs are so astronomical.


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