This is appalling. Lockheed Martin and Boeing ought to have their corporate charters revoked. I was surfing the net and found this piece called The Nightmare of Weaponry of Our Future and while I’ve always had an ear to the ground regarding future military projects thanks to slashdot, digg, fark and a few other sites, this article is the first to point out how corporations pretty much screw everyone.
This paragraph regarding the need for the F-22 joint strike fighter at $130 million EACH, but with a true cost of triple that if development is included. Total cost for this little episode is $65 Billion with a B. To understand more about the “billion with a B” reference watch the movie called The Pentagon Wars where Olympia Dukakis plays a senator that utters that to the military brass when they give their progress report on the Bradley fighting vehicle. It’s billed on imdb as a comedy but in reality it’s a view into the cluster fuck (further referred to as a Charlie Foxtrot) that our military has become at the hands of corporations.
In 2007, the only reason the military might need such a plane is to outfight its predecessor, the F-16, which Lockheed Martin has sold to numerous countries that benefited from the corporation’s vociferous lobbying for new markets and our government’s lax enforcement of arms-export controls.
So Lockheed Martin gets to triple dip, first they sold F-16’s to the United States, then to nations such as Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela including many other nations. And the third dip is the damned F-22.
We need to rise the hell up and overthrow the damned corporations. They have run roughshod over our lives for far too long. Our first act as I’ve proposed before is to strip them of their ill gotten constitutional rights. Second we need to work with the global community so that trans nationals can’t hide behind the borders of another nation while putting the screws to us.