A B-2 Spirit bomber
By BEN FREEMEN, Ph.D. and MIA STEINLE
Yesterday, POGO called for congressional support of nine amendments to the gargantuan defense budget bill, the National Defense Authorization Act of fiscal year (FY) 2013. These amendments would result in savings without compromising security and / or would lead to more accountability for the government and its contractors. Here’s a look at the amendments that touch on national security generally—stay tuned for a look at those oriented towards government contracting and those that relate to the nuclear weapons complex.
Deferring Development of a Super High-Tech Bomber for Which There is No Urgent Need
If you owned three cars, all of which had many miles to go before the end of their lives, would you buy a fourth, top-of-the-line car? What if you were in debt? By, say, $15 trillion?
This is exactly the nonsensical spending plan the U.S. government is implementing, as the Air Force plans to spend at least $6.3 billion over the next five years developing a new long-range penetrating bomber aircraft. The thing is, the Air Force’s existing fleet of B-52, B-1B, and B-2 planes is undergoing upgrades and is expected to be operational for decades to come.