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Mar 12, 2009



Nice points. But the problem w fixed-price contracts in this instance is that the maker will tend to cut corners and make do with a number of problems in the aircraft if there is no cost relief. Some may involve the safety of the pilot or the lethal capabilities called for by the plane's mission. It is unfortunate, but contractors will do that, indeed anyone might cut corners if they are sure there is no more budget for their task or program. And this argument is what DoD, arm-in-arm with the contractor, will use to preserve the current business arrangement.

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