Trump’s $440 billion weapon

On Thursday afternoon, President-elect Donald Trump dropped a bombshell on the defense industry: He asked Boeing to price out an alternative to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets, a hugely valuable contract that Trump has criticized as too expensive. Lockheed’s share price plunged almost 2 percent in after-hours trading.

It was the culmination of weeks of interference by the president-elect in the arcane, bureaucratic function of federal procurement. In early December, it was Boeing on the receiving end of Trump’s wrath, when he tweeted that the costs of the new Air Force One planes are “out of control” and told reporters, “Boeing is doing a little bit of a number.” A few days later, he criticized the cost of the F-35 contract. And earlier this week, he convened top military officials and the CEOs of Boeing and Lockheed at his Mar-a-Lago estate to discuss how to bring costs down. Trump told reporters afterward, “We’re just beginning, it’s a dance.”

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source: http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2016/12/trump-federal-contracts-weapon-000262

  • Gym

    I would never have a clue what President Trump would look for as a replacement, but I do know it would be a better weapon and cheaper because there would not be chicago bullystyle kickbacks for demorrhoids.

    • The Redman

      Not 2 worry gym-bo. trump-ah-hump em. hahahahahhahah

  • Agostino

    The advantages of the F-35 over other current aircraft are stealth and avionics(?). But as a platform for weapons systems, it’s unique only in that it’s where we installed those systems. Any number of less expensive aircraft could be fitted with avionics the same way. Stealth sounds good, but we have radar that supposedly can spot a stealthy aircraft. And for CAS, an A-10 is far superior and even carries more support armament. It appears to me to be another whiz-bang waste of money.

  • WVF

    Most people know that defense contractors ripoff the Department of Defense every single day. From my days as a civilian employee of DoD, I can assure you that what goes on is immoral and rotten relative to the purchase of jet aircraft and the like. Mr. Trump is a frugal businessman, and he knows what’s going on, and he’s not going to play the game. It really is time to drain the swamp!

    • The Redman

      white-folks LOVE 2 steal, kill, destroy, imnreed, and lie, huh. white-vulgar-fart. hahahahhahahaha

      • ltmil7240

        redman, i recognize your trolling attempts. go back to north Dakota.

        • The Redman

          Hey-mil-inbred. we know who U R. hahahhahhahahah

          • Apolloone

            We? surely there isn’t two like you, I really hope not. you’re probably counting on your momma to come to your rescue.

          • The Redman

            U R A poopy 1. inbred. hahahahahahahahah

      • Apolloone

        Go to your corner and loudly say these words: I Am An Idiot, repeat these words 500 times, remember if you lose count you have to start all over again, most likely you’re not familiar with high numbers so you should have an adult to help you count. Report back tomorrow if you’re finished counting and let us know if this helped you, all psychiatrists are in agreement that when their patients admits they have a Mental Disorder it does wonders for the patients.{}:-)

        • The Redman

          Now Y would I wanna “go to a corner, and loudly say; U R A idiot 500 times”. I don’t even know U. simpleton. hahhahhhahhahhahahhah. a-poop-1

          • Apolloone

            I know you lack reading comprehension, now listen carefully, say this real loud: I Redman am a “Useful Idiot” repeat 500 times, look at my original reply if you still have trouble. You’re welcome

          • The Redman

            U R A poopy 1. hahahhahahahahahaha

    • John McNea

      If there was any intent whatsoever “the swamp be drained” you can and should write that off. He hired the folks who’ve been controlling the SWAMP for the last many years.

      • WVF

        You’ve missed the point. A real leader is in charge, and the swamp will be drained.

      • viking nation

        Theres a good & bad side of the swamp , People that want world order is the swamp that needs draining.

  • The Redman

    Greedy white-folks ruined america long ago. so, now, trump-ah- hump ya for 4 years. hahahahahhahahah

  • parthenon1

    The F35 may have lots of extra secret goodies but it should cost far less if not on a cost plus contract with overruns automatically approved. I’m sore Boeing can also come up with the added goodies but these companies should have to bid like any non-military company purchase !

    • Apolloone

      Just one of many examples that president Ike warned us about; the Military Industrial Complex .

      • parthenon1

        I get nervous when I see the “Military Industrial Complex” that is the description the scum bag hippies used during the Vietnam, war. I am not against Military contractors on the contrary, I want as many contactors as possible but i want them to submit competitive bids for potential purchases, to list the desired features before bid request goes out, and to have open discussion if delays or cost problems due to time NO COST PLUS CONTRACTS

        • Apolloone

          I agree, it’s mostly the Cronyism I’m against, remember those eight Hundred dollar hammers, maybe they had solid gold handles, wasn’t it president Eisenhower that warned us about the M.I.C?. I have been personally involved in two entirely different federal government agencies, if I or anyone else operated their business the way they did and they still do; we would couldn’t even get started before we went broke, so what they do in order to get the job done is hire outside people to do the job they’re supposed to do. I can only say this about those two I was involved with but I’ve heard people say this about the agencies they were involved with too, a close friend who owned a coal mine, got a twenty five thousand dollar fine even before he opened the mine, the mine had shut down in the 1930’s and the owners left not even a pickup truck load of coal, the coal was about 100 feet from a small creek, they fined him for pollution and it stuck, only because he would have had to pay a lot more to get the fine money back. I had a successful business despite the government, because some of the people in these federal agencies act as if your business is theirs, in way it is since you’re forced to jump through their many hoops. Don’t get me wrong we need regulations or else we couldn’t live because of the contamination and pollution but these alphabet bloated agencies could and should be completely overhauled.

        • Apolloone

          No doubt some of those “Scum Bag Hippies” who spit at us military guys went to work in the federal government and some are now professors who are still spewing their Communist Ideology on America’s youth. In 1963 Congress held a hearing on the 45 goals of the American Communists one of those goals was to have the government to take over our schools, this goal goes back to at least 1935 when then president of the American Communist party was urging the government to take charge of our public schools, I’m sure the Vermin celebrated when president Jimmy Carter signed off on the Department of so-called Education, because the Communists could put their plan to work of dumbing down the youth of America both nationally and uniformly, the very reason many if not most of our schools are propaganda camps. Another goal of the 45 was to capture one or both of our political parties, they definitely captured one party, AKA the Democrat party. Most of these goals have been achieved, if something isn’t done about our schools and done quick America will have too many pro-Communists or as Lenin called them “Useful Idiots” to remain a Republic, no they don’t use the word Communist, that word was replaced with Progressive, there isn’t anything about Progressivism that makes progress, more like Regress. just an old Communist trick of deceive the gullible. Todays Liberal thoughts seem to me more inline with Fascism than anything else, not that there is a great deal of difference between Communism and Fascism

          • parthenon1

            The Democratic party has learned from both camps how to be a party of dirty tricks and blame the outcome on the other party! But the way our military contracting has been done since WW2 is embarrassing we do need constantly up dated and totally new arms and other hardware but not on a cost plus basis all changes in a awarded contract must be transparent and need (by military) for the change clearly exposed along with costs. One thing I have finally noticed (I am an old man who sometimes takes a little time to up take some things) Some shere along the line during our comments I get the idea we were on opposite sides of the discussion but we clearly are not ! I dont know whether to be red faced or smiley face. . .both apply I guess!

  • Ginger

    This is what Washington needs. Someone to question the expenses. Unfortunately, after 8 years of Obama doubling the national debt, leaving us with $20 trillion in debt, we are going to have to start cutting somethings, and generating more tax revenue through more people returning to work. If Trump could even make a dent in the debt within the next 4 years, he would have accomplished more than Obama did during the whole 8 years he was in office. Good job Trump!

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