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Once all costs are figured in Davis says the bomber will cost more than the target per unit

When we reported on the U.S. Air Force’s plans for a next generation long-range bomber priced at $550 million a pop, our commenters were quick to point out that there was no way that figure could be accurate. Military procurement programs have the tendency to spiral out of control with regards to costs, as witnessed by the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.
 
The USAF's top acquisition officer, Lt. Gen. Charles Davis, agrees and says that costs for the bomber will definitely be higher than the quoted figure.
 
Davis said, “Is it going to be $550 million a copy? No, of course it’s not going to be $550 million a copy once you add in everything.”
 
Davis also noted that the military would try to stick as close to that budget of $550 million each as possible. One of the ways the USAF will try and keep to that budget is by preventing extra requirements and untested tech from being included in the platform.


Lt. Gen. Charles R. Davis, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition
 
And unlike the troubled F-35 program, the winning design team – Northrop Grumman or Lockheed Martin/Boeing – for the next generation bomber will only have to satisfy the needs of the USAF. The F-35 has to appease – and adjust to changing operational requirements from – the USAF, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines and the numerous ally nations that have bought into the program.
 
The bomber program also got a significant boost in funding in the FY2015 budget when the funds for research, development, testing, and evaluation were bumped from $379 million to $914 million.
 
The USAF plans to purchase 80 to 100 of the new bombers. 

Source: Defense News



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RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By BSMonitor on 3/6/2014 11:49:11 AM , Rating: 0
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We no longer have the convenience of picking either/or. If we don't drastically reduce all spending across the board, entitlements and military, we're frankly doomed.

I'm not against military spending of course.


Spoken like a true right wing nut job. Double talk out ones ass all day long and nothing changes.

Poor people and their entitlements are ruining America. Not the trillions we spend to police the world unnecessarily.

Oh right, not the entire world, just the parts of the world our corporations have natural resources to plunder...

But, yes, poor people.. F them. Ruining everything..


RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By bug77 on 3/6/2014 11:52:01 AM , Rating: 2
Ever heard of ROI?


By BSMonitor on 3/6/2014 11:58:28 AM , Rating: 1
Ever heard of bad investments?

Empires are expensive. And being the number 1 empire at all cost, even more expensive.


RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By Reclaimer77 on 3/6/2014 12:01:46 PM , Rating: 1
As usual, I have no clue what the F you're talking about. I didn't say any of that stuff, and I came out and said we need to "drastically" reduce ALL spending.

What more do you want from me?

This isn't some either/or thing. Even if we removed the ENTIRE Department of Defense from the budget, we would have an annual deficit of 1+ trillion dollars going forward.

This has nothing to do with "poor" people either, you useless twit. This spending is MAKING the poor poorer and the rich richer! Hello? Jobs are in the toilet, salaries are in the crapper, the housing market is horrible, yet there's a BOOM on Wall Street right now as our Government fuels a stock bubble. Do you think that's helping the "poor" too?

Do you ever tire of sounding like a 12 year old idiot?


RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By Spuke on 3/6/2014 12:10:42 PM , Rating: 2
I read what you said and what he said and couldn't understand why he said what he said. I don't even think he read what you posted.


RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By BSMonitor on 3/6/14, Rating: 0
RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By Reclaimer77 on 3/6/2014 12:32:48 PM , Rating: 1
If I was being "right wing" I would be calling for this bomber program instead of outright saying we don't need it.

Keep being an idiot!

It sounds like you're angry because I'm not against ALL military spending? Well what kind of an idiot (you I guess) honestly doesn't think we need some form of military!

I said what I said, and I meant what I meant. And guess what? I don't give two shits if you don't like it, you obnoxious seeping cunt.


RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By retrospooty on 3/6/14, Rating: 0
By Reclaimer77 on 3/6/2014 12:58:14 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah. I mean I was just paraphrasing for reader convenience. It's not just entitlements vs military.

Our Government is into everything, everywhere. It spends too much money no matter what, on whatever it does or tries to do. It's expanded it's sphere of responsibility to the point that it cannot effectively manage it all. There's just no way we can keep this going, it's unsustainable.

BS is just twisting my words to argue his sacred cow issue, instead of the discussion.


By HoosierEngineer5 on 3/6/2014 1:08:09 PM , Rating: 2
(you are feeding the troll)


By retrospooty on 3/6/2014 12:38:51 PM , Rating: 2
You are freegin all over the place. This was about the bomber, he made a comment about the bomber and military spending in general. You got up on a soapbox and started ranting about entitlements. What the hell are you even talking about?

It's very clear to anyone paying any attention at all we need to cut spending across the board. I dont speak for reclaimer. but I know for a fact he is VERY much against those entitlements and paying for pretty much all the crap the US govt pays for for far too many lazy undeserving people. It's just not the subject matter of this thread you freegin nutjob.


RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By BSMonitor on 3/6/14, Rating: -1
By retrospooty on 3/6/2014 12:43:03 PM , Rating: 2
I think you may have a point buried somewhere in your anger and hate. It gets lost though because you act like a 12 year old on caffeine. Seriously. Get a grip.


RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By Schrag4 on 3/6/2014 1:06:31 PM , Rating: 2
I'll trust your numbers. Are you saying the solution is to cut defense spending down to zero? I think we can all agree that that's a really stupid idea. What's the alternative? Across-the-board cuts? Isn't that exactly what Reclaimer said? I'm, too, am having a hard time figuring out why you're all in a tizzy right now.


By retrospooty on 3/6/2014 1:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
He's always in a tizzy. You should try daying something that isnt 100% complimentary about Apple. He will really go off on you. LOL.

I cant quite figure out if he is a troll, a nutjob, or just an ignorant child. He has traits from all 3. Either way, he's a waste.


RE: Divide by 5, Multiply by 6...
By KCjoker on 3/6/2014 6:29:39 PM , Rating: 2
Holy crap you're a left wing lunatic. He didn't say screw the poor people at all. This is one of the things with left wing loons...if you don't agree with their policy/agenda 100% you're a right wing racist who hates the poor.


By Jeffk464 on 3/7/2014 5:37:59 PM , Rating: 2
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our corporations


The problem is these corporations aren't our companies anymore they are giant internationals who could care less about their impact on the US economy. They are plundering the whole world to the cost of everybody.


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