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Jet order no flight of fancy, they're worth it
ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 24th April 2014 | Andrew Porter

Posted on 04/28/2014 1:34:04 PM PDT by naturalman1975

Critics of the decision to buy new jet fighters say things like "we're spending too much" and "why spend anything at all", but they miss some key points in the debate, writes Andrew Porter.

There's a fantastic line in P.J. O'Rourke's Give War a Chance that encapsulates the boondoggle of military verbosity the world over.

O'Rourke observes wryly that a bolt's accompanying nut is termed by the US Department of Defence as a "hexaform rotatable surface compression unit". If it's not amusingly dense descriptors, there's always acronyms.

Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) - the highly advanced basket that the Government announced on Wednesday would soon be filled with $12 billion worth of eggs - has a couple of them here. It's known at Russell as AIR 6000, or NACC (new air combat capability). And $12 billion seems like a lot, doesn't it? It is.

(Excerpt) Read more at abc.net.au ...


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1 posted on 04/28/2014 1:34:04 PM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

12 billion for the new fighter is a lot...

But 500 billion each year for welfare...? No worries...


2 posted on 04/28/2014 1:42:15 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: naturalman1975

What’s funny is they pulled the plug on the F-22 because it was just too expensive, and promised to fully fund the F-35 to make up for the F-22 shortfall. Now they’re trying hard to find reasons to de-fund the F-35.

But hey, we deserve the oblivion we’re sinking into. We’re broke and can’t afford either of them. We collectively elected a depraved communist as president, because the American people are depraved and he reflected their depravity back to them.


3 posted on 04/28/2014 2:12:33 PM PDT by afsnco
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This is an article from Australia about the Australian purchase of F-35’s for their RAAF.


4 posted on 04/28/2014 2:20:51 PM PDT by Drago
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To: naturalman1975

Imperial Japan had already printed new currency for their once-planned attempt to take the entire continent. They were stopped at the Battle of Coral Sea.

More and more it appears that the Imperial Japan of our time is CHINA, and I’m not sure they will stop at taking the Senkaku Islands only.

I think the Aussies have figured this out some time ago.

Did you know if you’re an out-of-work ex US submariner the Aussies will give you citizenship after just two years, or something..?

Something is brewing there.


5 posted on 04/28/2014 2:38:35 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: naturalman1975

Only problem with the F-35 is that it can’t evade Russian or Chicom radar, oh well.


6 posted on 04/28/2014 4:41:14 PM PDT by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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