part of the problem is not understanding that the warfighters don't make ambit claims, but they do know that if they don't fight for what they actually need, then they end up with a hald arsed asset that a politician and a suit think is what they need (often with zero appreciation for what the task and need is, and often through a prism of thinking that they can equate if not transfer commercial business models to military procurement processes).
The Minister also isn't going to like hearing that he cannot only go off and do x but he or she can't do y or z either because the asset doesn't work properly yet despite having been in service for nearly a decade. IMO there is still a place for frank and fearless advice. Some Ministers don't want to hear it and there isn't much anybody can do about that, but I'm pretty sure that there are a few who do but don't get it because of agendas being run by their advisors.
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