As we’ve so thoroughly demonstrated, our professional military has forgotten what real war is and is no longer producing weapon systems based on combat effectiveness. Instead, other factors have become paramount in weapon system design and acquisition. The F-35, for example, was clearly designed as a jobs program and accounting exercise rather than a truly effective combat system. The LCS very quickly demonstrated that it was not an effective combat system and yet production continues, even today. Why? Jobs program.
Here’s an example that demonstrates that this phenomenon is not limited to the US. Below is a graphic advertising the Franco-British Maritime Mine Counter Measures (MMCM) project.(1) Note what system attribute is displayed with the largest typeface number. That’s right, it’s a claim that the project will support 215 jobs.
The West has pretty much abandoned any pretense that it is designing combat systems. Instead, it’s designing jobs programs or accounting projects or budget balancing exercises or public relations demonstrations. Of course, if the project just happens to have some actual military value … well … that’s a bonus but it’s not a requirement.
(1)Naval News website, “MMCM Program Enters Manufacture Stage with Initial Production Contract Award”, Nathan Gain, 26-Nov-2020,