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Cuz the US doesn't already spend enough on its military.
Along comes the B-21.

It doesn't say, but I'm guessing this is a manned aircraft and not a UAV, but who knows. Supposedly, the AF is also producing a 'fighter' with the capability to escort the B-21. 

Our tax money, hard at work, because fuck poor people! 

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Re: Cuz the US doesn't already spend enough on its military.
Reply #1
cost overruns and delays double with each new generation of military aircraft, so I expect this one to go into service 20 years late and to have a unit cost about 10 times what was advertised.

and it will be plagued by embarrassing glitches and design flaws.  the f-22 doesn't have a radio (!) and its computer originally crashed when it crossed the international date line.  also, it is so expensive to fly and maintain that we didn't use it in combat for its first ten years (despite being involved in multiple wars during that time) and still mostly keep it in the hangar.

there are big picture problems too.  even if you're ok with big military spending, why are we still buying fancy cold war toys, when they don't fit the kinds of wars we fight nowadays?  this money would be better spent on tools for counterinsurgency and messy urban combat against non state actors.  or on cyber defense.  or on missile defense.  almost anything else.

Re: Cuz the US doesn't already spend enough on its military.
Reply #2
Actually, this money could be better spent building infrastructure, increasing teachers' salaries, getting university costs back down, feeding and housing poor people, and any number of 'mundane' things that don't go boom.