I am sure there are jerky companies in this country that they could contract with. And they would probably make them whatever they want a heckuva lot cheaper.
I prefer t-bone jerky.
Since WE paid for this, I believe at the very least, we should get access to the recipe and methods they “developed”.
Wouldn’t it be more effective if they taught them
how to make their OWN jerky?
It’a not like it was hard or anything.
This sounds ridiculous, but IMHO, it is actually a rational spend. You need high quality, high protein, high energy food for warfighters. And good food can help to bolster morale — it is often the ONLY good thing they have when in the ####.
As to just going commercial, you’d have to pick a supplier, test the jerky for longevity and nutrition content, verify security as the production facilities (one batch of poison introduced at an insecure facility could kill a LOT of troops), etc. And if the picked supplier did’t meet specs, all that money would be wasted. Also, the chosen supplier would certainly be a political crony, not the top quality producer.
Short version: Good safe food is ESSENTIAL to warfighting, so spending money on it is indeed rational!
Jeepers, they could have asked me for a recipe and been done with it:
Brown some extra-lean ground beef, toss in the blender along with some tomatoes and italian spices. Puree, dehydrate, voila! A beef jerky fruit roll-up that tastes like spaghetti sauce.
I will NEVER understand why the “jerkies” in the Pentagon can’t take $1.7 Million and fill up a shopping cart at Walmart with all the stuff they think the troops want!
This is a “corporate culture” issue in the government that, as long as it is OPM and NOT coming out of their own pockets, they will spend whatever they want regardless how foolish.
Back in the 90s, HBO made a movie called “The Pentagon Wars”. If you want to comprehend how relatively simple items become gargantuan money pits, find a copy of the movie and watch it . . . . . . . a-l-l t-h-e w-a-y t-h-r-o-u-g-h. It’s VERY enlightening.
The American Indians came up with this thousands of years ago. It’s called pemmican... very high energy pounded meat and fat combined with dried fruit, often blueberries. The indians would carry this along with dehydrated sweet corn when on the warpath.
IIRC, back in the 90s the DoD came up with their own energy/power bar instead of using commercially available ones. They were called “Hooah! bars” or something like that, and (again, IIRC) meant for First Strike Rations and other lightweight meal kits.
Next time just call Oak Brothers or Oma’s Choice and the troops will thank you.
That will be 1.25 mil. Paypal?
While at the same time contacting military retirees that further throat cutting is coming this next year and the victim will be military retirees.