Tuesday, March 27, 2007

"Defense" spending

President Bush's defense budget request of $481.4 billion -- an 11 percent boost over last year -- pushes U.S. defense spending to levels not seen since the Reagan-era buildup of the 1980s.

In addition, the president is seeking a projected $141.7 billion in emergency supplemental funding for 2008 for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for broader anti-terrorism efforts -- bringing the total spent in those arenas since 2001 to $661 billion, eclipsing in real terms the cost of the Vietnam War.

-- Bush's Defense Budget Biggest Since Reagan Era,
Washington Post,
February 6, 2007
The Army's new acting surgeon general said Tuesday she is concerned about long-term morale because the military lacks money to hire enough nurses and mental health specialists to treat thousands of troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

-- Long-Term Morale a Concern,
March 27,2007
Meanwhile, back at one of the military industrial complex's bat caves...
Torrential rains wiped out a quarter of the U.S.' intercontinental ballistic missile interceptor silos in Ft. Greely, Alaska last summer -- right when North Korea was preparing to carry out an advanced missile launch.

"The flooding occurred during a three-week period between the end of June and early July 2006," POGO notes, in a statement. "The flooding damaged 25% of the U.S. interceptor missiles’ launch capability. These silos house the interceptor missiles that would be used to attempt to intercept a missile aimed at the United States. No interceptors were in the flooded silos."

An internal assessment by Boeing, the silos' chief contractor, shows seven flooded interceptor silos, out of the 26 at Ft. Greely. Two silos have more than 62 feet of water; a third has more than 50. Estimated times of repair range from four to 14 months. Boxcar like structures called Silo Interface Vaults (SIVs), adjacent to the interceptor silos, were also flooded, "two of them by as much as 15 feet of water," POGO says. "Three SIVs must have all electronic and mechanical systems replaced. Four other SIVs have partial damage. One SIV was so damaged that it shifted vertically in the ground like a house shifting off its foundation." It's a strange turn of events, considering "an environmental impact study of the facilities at Ft. Greely notes there is 'little rainfall in the region.'"
A Republican environmental impact study, one might be inclined to imagine.

Happily, taxpayers will get to foot the bill for this colossal fuck up by Boeing; an estimated $38 million at this point. No doubt it will be higher. Moreover, Boeing will receive a $7 million award fee for this grand work and will also continue construction on another $100 million worth of possibly water tight silos. No guarantees, however.

$9 billion a year and these guys can't keep water out of a fucking hole in the ground. No funds to hire nurses for the wounded, though. That's simply too much of strain on the budget.


Blogger spiiderweb™ said...

Hey, quit your nit picking. Keep out the water? Who could have predicted that?

Oh yeah, that's why I water proofed my basement. Duh! But then I had much more valuable things to protect than some silly missiles.

8:32 PM  
Blogger theBhc said...

What can I say? The Bush administration has made me a nitpicker.

9:58 PM  

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