Procurement: May 17, 2005


In a classic case of military pork at work, the U.S. Department of Defenses effort to cancel production of the new C-130J transport was reversed. The C-130, which is manufactured in Georgia, has long been known as a useful aircraft, but one that was often produced more for political, than practical, reasons. The air force has had to accept over a hundred C-130s it didnt want because the politicians wanted to keep the production line open. This made it much easier for politicians from Georgia to get re-elected to Congress, and local office. All those jobs, all that money. This effort was a point of pride for the Georgia Congressional delegation, and the envy of others in Congress. The feat was accomplished by trading favors with others in Congress to get the votes needed to keep the C-130s coming. The air force, not willing to make a big fuss with Congress, accepted the aircraft, often just parking them somewhere and pretending everything was fine. The latest version, the C-130J, began as a suggestion ten years ago, but has grown into a multi-billion dollar project that radically changed the aircraft. Many of the new features are not as reliable as existing, and quite adequate, technology found in older aircraft. The air force would rather spend the money on other things. While the C-130J has been criticized as not ready for active service, this is unfair. The C-130J is a much more capable version of the previous models, and all that new technology takes time to get the kinks worked out. The basic C-130 design, which is half a century old, was excellent, and the aircraft have served well. Except, of course, for their secondary role as political pork.


Article Archive

Procurement: Current 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close