Seen on the street in Kyiv.

Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

“The Mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” -- The TOFF *

"Foreign Relations Boil Down to Two Things: Talking With People or Killing Them." -- Unknown

“Speed is a poor substitute for accuracy.” -- Real, no-shit, fortune from a fortune cookie

"If you believe that you are talking to G-d, you can justify anything.” — my Dad

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys in the ground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"The Dildo of Karma rarely comes lubed." -- Unknown

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

* "TOFF" = Treasonous Orange Fat Fuck,
"FOFF" = Felonious Old Fat Fuck,
"COFF" = Convicted Old Felonious Fool,
A/K/A Commandante (or Cadet) Bone Spurs,
A/K/A El Caudillo de Mar-a-Lago, A/K/A the Asset,
A/K/A P01135809, A/K/A Dementia Donnie,
A/K/A Dolt-45, A/K/A Don Snoreleone

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

A Hint to the Beancounters and Politicians

U.S. lawmakers are sounding the alarm about challenges facing the U.S. defense industrial base as the war in Ukraine strains weapon supplies.

It could take years to replenish certain types of weapons the U.S. has sent to Kyiv, with no easy way to ramp up production quickly. That has policymakers deeply concerned about whether the U.S. would be able to field enough weapons if conflict broke out in the Taiwan Strait.

The House Armed Services Committee is set to examine the defense industrial base during its second hearing of the year on Wednesday.

“This ought to be a flashing red light for us, and it’s shocking to me,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said during an event at the American Enterprise Institute in late January. “This is a huge, glaring problem. And right now I don’t see the sort of all-hands-on-deck commitment to try to address that.

While it's nice that the lightbulb has gone off for Cornyn, none of this shit is rocket science. The burn-through rate of munitions in modern warfare has always been a lot higher than politicians and budgeteers have wanted to acknowledge. Building up the production capability for sustaining a war is expensive. Not only is it expensive, but then you have to keep the production lines in condidition to ramp up, which means making some of the stuff. A lot of weapon systems have defined shelf lives, requiring them to be reworked or scrapped, which adds to the cost.

That is a hard sell in peacetime. But it's fatal to not do it when war comes.

Which it always does.


Jones, Jon Jones said...

The West had better economic might than the East. That's how the last Cold War was one.

Jones, Jon Jones said...


Spud said...

The Dems are liking the consumption of the munitions , because it stimulates the MIC economy.
Whereas the R's don't like the draw down , because they know that the right will cause future wars...

Eck! said...

Then again the chip act as its been called to get more on shore semiconductor
and integrated circuit production was all about that. Can't make smart planes
or bombs without them.

To me its a manufacturing problem, I believe the Rethugs may have aggravated
that by making off shore more economical so long as China plays.

Follow the money.


Michael said...

Whereas the R's don't like the draw down , because they know that the right will cause future wars...

Really Spud?

WW1 President Wilson, Democrat

WW2 President Roosevelt, Democrat

Police action Korea President Eisenhower Republican

Vietnam President Kennedy Democrat

Need I go on?

Eck!, you might want to Google about who sent most of our business overseas, you might find President Clinton Democrat and a few others in there.

It's a Big Club and you and I are NOT in it.

Mooneyguy said...

As the defense budget nears ever closer to a trillion dollars a year, it is gobsmacking that it's still not enough to buy sufficient ammunition.

Comrade Misfit said...

So, that makes you the third Mooney driver, to my recollection, to show up here.

The previous two are both no longer with us. (But not from crashes)


Ten Bears said...

Golly Mic, I'm surprised you didn't cite Republican President Eisenhower as the winner of the war Roosevelt started, as were the first boots on the ground in Nam.

Comrade Misfit said...

Arguing who started what war is pointless.

Knock that shit off.

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Comrade Misfit said...

I should have looked at the timestamps. anyway, your post and my reponse are gone.

Ten Bears said...

Though it wasn't all that long ago, not quite a year or so, in Internet time it was forever, but I did make snark right here about Sun Tzu and supply lines, and how Putin lost this from the start. Snarked again later at how obvious that was when N Korea is your only supply.

The General who would put troops in the field to gratify his own spleen loses ...

Comrade Misfit said...

The thing was, the intel was out there that the Ukrainians had reformed their army, had lots of AGTMs and stood a good chance of turning back the Russians. I would bet that a report to that effect exists in the files of the FSB.

But no senior official was going to show it to Putin. He was convinced that the "tufties" wouldn't put up a fight. And so, the Russians didn't load up on rations or ammo, but they made sure to bring their fancy uniforms for their victory parade in Kyiv.

Putin's three-day war is about to go into its second year.