Once you start spending a lot of time on a subject, it then seems to be in the atmosphere. Maybe my week long look at the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) has heightened my sensitivity, but here are three items from today’s newspapers that caught my eye.
The Bush administration’s decision to move $230 million of the counter-terrorism funding Congress had approved for Pakistan to pay for upgrades to their Air Force’s F-16 fleet is beginning to raise hackles in Congress. Since the Pakistani’s refuse to use bombing against the Taliban or Al Quaeda, it seems like a curious decision. But like many moves coming out of the military industrial complex, it turns out the decision is being driven by industry not military needs.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Congress was weighing the plan, said the timing was driven by deadlines of the American contractor, Lockheed Martin.
Next, the Pentagon has decided to take an additional $16 million from our domestic counterterrorism funds to create “Comfort Capsules” for travelling brass. They want them to be able to travel in the style to which they are accustomed on their G-5’s when they are forced to move with the grunts on the big transport planes. Here’s what the Comfort Capsules look like.
Finally, the hapless Air Force, guardians of our nuclear warheads had to confess to this doozy today.
Air Force officials say three ballistic missile crew members in North Dakota fell asleep while holding classified launch code devices earlier this month, triggering an investigation by military and National Security Agency experts.