Another billion dollar boondoggle… that you are paying for!
Back in a different age when fixing your car did not require an engineering degree I remember replacing the head gasket on my parents 59 Ford. It was a dirty but fairly simple job and should have only taken a couple hours, instead it took two days, this was due to repeated visits to the local ‘Pep-Boys’ automotive supply store. The three visits were caused by the incompetence of the company that made the gasket. The clerks continued to give me the wrong part because the manufacturer was labeling their gaskets incorrectly. Now your probably thinking it is to be expected that we at times get the wrong part every now and then and besides it was not a mater of life and death… well sometimes it is!
Alaska is home to a number of military bases with one instillation named Ft Greely which is now home to 26 missile interceptors our nations last line of defense against a nuclear attack from China, Russia or North Korea. Since 2002 these interceptors, manufactured by the Boeing Company, failed to destroy 6 of 11 incoming warheads in tests conducted by our government. A less than 50% kill rate for which Boeing was paid more than $21 billion dollars, and also over the same time frame received an additional nearly $2 billion in performance bonuses.
The Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, said the system’s performance in tests has been “insufficient to demonstrate that an operationally useful defense capability exists.” What bothers me even more is that those participating in the ‘attack simulation’ know ahead of time approximately when the targets will be launched, where they are coming from and their speed and trajectory.
Now having to go back to a parts store because someone mislabeled or made the wrong part to work on my parents car doesn’t compare to a $21 billion dollar money pit where what is needed to save lives works less than 50% of the time. Yet those in power continue to reward this incompetence with ‘performance’ bonuses, something is definitely wrong with this picture.
For something that our lives depend on
and doesn’t work half the time
why does congress continue to reward
with billion dollar bonuses?