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