quote: Howve, no sawhorse much of a fuss when the United States Air Force paid $59 per gallon for alcohol-to-jet fuel.
quote: It's a beautiful circle isn't it: We need jets to protect stability in the Middle East for oil, the SUVs run on oil, so we need to protect the Middle East....
quote: Fuel that runs our country, runs the military
quote: Well our military is continuing to push technology and automation thus reducing its thirst for fuel. Case in point, we have UAV drones that not only have long-range surveillance capabilities, but can also be armed with attack missiles, while also having the ability to air-drop ammo, food, equipment, and medical supplies to our troops on the ground.
quote: You're also contradicting yourself; You're saying bio-fuel testing is expensive and worth the heavy costs but what if the mass deployment of bio-fuel into current military aircraft and vehicles becomes overbudget just like the F-22 and F-35?
quote: We just keep giving these companies a blank check and asking that they build the death star but they just can't get it right!
quote: You're not listening to me; My point is that emerging technologies we utilize like UAV drones LEVERAGE our resources; In other words, an armed UAV can be sent into a skirmish and most likely get the job done without having to incur significant costs like fuel, man power, and the chance of soldier casualties. Just because UAV's are cheaper, doesn't mean we have to build 3x as many
quote: And exactly how would you know bio-fuel wouldn't be expensive to mass deploy to our military vehicles? Sure research is a measily $10-20 million dollars and if it proves fruitful, the cost, labor, and time associated with mass integrating it into our military vehicles could become way overbudget! Even with budget forecasting, etc., you just don't know until you pull the trigger!
quote: You clearly have no idea how the business of government and military defense contracting works....
quote: You seem to think 10-20 million is the same as 100+ billion.
quote: THAT is how I measure and quantify "using money wisely" which is why I'm sure Uncle Sam continues to adopt UAV's at an increasing rate.
quote: Uncle Sam doesn't issue "blank checks" for military contracts like your 2nd post suggested.
quote: Also simply having military experience in a Test/Eval unit doesn't automatically mean you have PROJECT MANAGEMENT experience which is really the meat and potatoes of military contracts. Just talk to any project manager at Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, N-Grumman, HK, LWRC,and any high-ranking military official who oversees a military defense contract and you'll know exactly why programs like the F-35 are over budget.
quote: That's how I "measure and quantify", I use reality and logic. Like I said, you need to get the best bang for your buck. Overpriced fighter jets is not the best bang for our buck. Yet this happens all the time. And it's usually congresses fault, they refuse to kill off certain programs because it can effect certain jobs, or makes them look good, or just the good ole'boy club.
quote: Um, when the programs constantly come in over budget Uncle Sam seems to always play along and keeps giving these companies money. So yes, essentially Uncle Sam writes these companies a blank check.
quote: I am saying the biofuel project is better money spent than the newest fighter jets, jets that have yet to see combat!