Military Spending

WHAM* (*winning hearts and minds)

“Winning hearts and minds” has been a key to recent U.S. wars ranging from Vietnam, to Iraq, and now in Afghanistan.

But Thomas H. Henriksen says that such costly ventures may have outlived their usefulness. “In …

Saying Twice, Paying Once?

One of Battleland’s crew of ace accountants flipped Monday’s list of Pentagon contract announcements our way, and pointed out this drone upgrade program (you can click on it to enlarge):

Then he tossed us Friday’s list, and pointed to this one:

Just a simple error, the Air Force said Tuesday.

“This contract was …

Fallout Shelter 2.0

You might think this story from Monday’s Washington Post is simply about some Maryland congressman who believes the end of the world may be drawing near and wants to be prepared:

The electrical grid could fail tomorrow, he

Better Late Than Never

Interesting Pentagon contract buried deep in the long list it announced Friday. The Army awarded nearly $15 million to Jorge Scientific of Arlington, Va., to “provide for the modification of an existing contract to research and develop a methodology for counter insurgency operations. Work will be performed in Arlington and Afghanistan…”

Bigger Bang For The Buck

The Navy has just authorized full-rate production of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, a laser-guided rocket system that manufacturer BAE Systems says costs only a third as much the Hellfire missile commonly …

Word Is…

…that in my absence, Congress has struck a deal to fund the government for the first six months of the 2013 fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, and the Air Force has come up with a fix for its F-22 oxygen-system woes.

Obviously, this indicates I should take more time off.

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