Two weeks ago, in part one of this two part series, I laid out the problems of the military, the Department of Defense (DoD) civilian, contractor and Congressional staff going through the "revolving door" and greatly blurring the lines between working for the military and lobbying for contracts for the military. There are many, many individuals who revolve through these various roles throughout their long career to the determent of national security. These self-dealing practices make weapons cost more, allow weapons manufacturing and design errors to go unstopped through procurement process and wind up on the battlefield. These same practices, done by the superiors of our troops, also greatly degrade morale in the lower-level officers and troops, which further degrade our overall national security. I laid out a lobby plan that I discovered in the 1980s showing that the DoD, Air Force and Lockheed had banded together in illegal ways to make sure that the Lockheed C-5B cargo plane was funded despite its many problems.
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