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.