Murphy's Law: How Dumb Do You Think We Are?

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May 21, 2007: The U.S. Air Force got caught trying to perform a little procurement slight-of-hand. It went like this. During recent budget discussions with Congress, the air force requested $230 million to by an F-35 fighter, to replace a $24 million F-16 lost in Iraq last year. But a government auditor noticed that the F-35 would not be delivered for three years, and that the air force was also asking for permission to retire more F-16s (and thus save on maintenance costs) this year and next. Why not retire one less F-16, to replace the one lost one. Oops. Besides, the F-35 being requested was to be used for flight training, while the F-16 was lost during combat operations, and was assigned to a combat unit. Double oops. Congress ordered the air force to retire one less F-16, to replace the one lost.

 


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