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EPIC FAIL: Why Most US Weapons Systems Are Worse than Russia’s

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Two reasons: complexity, and too much money

By Jacob Dreizin | 27 April 2018


RUSSIA INSIDER — We first published this article in November of 2015, and are re-running it now in light of the dramatic advances Russia has recently made in weapons tech, rapidly outpacing the US. A lot of the problems the author identifies here explain why the US is falling behind.


In this fascinating analysis, our contributor explains why the US military is in serious trouble, unable to compete with Russia, and unlikely to change going forward.  He has experience in the military, civil service, Congress, and the lobbying and contracting sectors.  He lives in the Washington, DC area.


<figcaption>The F-35: Insanely expensive, its costs keep soaring - and it's worse than Russian planes which cost 20 times less</figcaption>
The F-35: Insanely expensive, its costs keep soaring – and it’s worse than Russian planes which cost 20 times less

Lately we have seen some good analysis on the limits and vulnerabilities of the American military in light of events in the former Ukraine and especially Russia’s demonstrated competence in Syria.

So we have the “what” of the issue, but how about the “why”?

As a U.S. Army veteran and a longtime resident of the Beltway—including four-and-a-half years living on Crystal Drive in Arlington, Virginia, which has probably the densest concentration of “defense” contractors anywhere in America—I think I understand what is fundamentally wrong with the U.S. military-industrial complex (MIC.)

First and foremost, the MIC has long been incapable of producing durable, efficient, versatile weapons.

We don’t even have to look to the F-35 on this one.

(America’s latest fighter which has turned into a spectacular technical failure and massive  ($1.5 trillion!) expense  – see our super-popular article about how this plane stacks up against the Russian competition- edit)

Just consider the most basic item, the M-16. […]

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