America can’t seem to build stuff anymore. Does this threaten our long term military capabilities?

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My answer to America can't seem to build stuff anymore. Does this threaten our long term military capabilities?

Answer by Ken Larson:

No – Building things is not the issue

We design the most complex systems, satellites and networks in the world and we have huge plants to assemble them. We very seldom build things from raw materials any more in those plants. Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Boeing and other huge suppliers run facilities covering hundreds of acres throughout the US and overseas.

We contract through a complex array of contractors and subcontractors, component suppliers and services providers, assembling end products for the defenses department.

The net result is a huge set of teamed industries comprising the Military Industrial Complex – the most expense piece of every taxpayer’s bill and comprising over 40% of the disposable income of the US Government.

The real issue is the burden to the tax payer and maintaining such a huge structural entity and fighting men and women throughout the world.

Military Industrial complex Board – Ken Larson

America can't seem to build stuff anymore. Does this threaten our long term military capabilities?

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2 Tours in US Army Vietnam. Retired from 36 Years in the Defense Industrial Complex after working on 25 major weapons systems, many of which are in use today in the Middle East. Volunteer MicroMentor. I specialize in Small, Veteran-owned, Minority-Owned and Woman-Owned Businesses beginning work for the Federal Government. MicroMentor is a non-profit organization offering free assistance to small business in business planning, operations, marketing and other aspects of starting and successfully operating a small enterprise. You can set up a case with me at MicroMentor by going to: http://www.micromentor.org/ key words: "Federal Government Contracting"

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