Friday, July 18, 2008

More Problems in the Airforce


The Washington Post reports that the air force's leadership is spending money designated to fight terrorism, to fight discomfort.

The Air Force's top leadership sought for three years to spend counterterrorism funds on "comfort capsules" to be installed on military planes that ferry senior officers and civilian leaders around the world, with at least four top generals involved in design details such as the color of the capsules' carpet and leather chairs, according to internal e-mails and budget documents.


They would be provided:
"aesthetically pleasing and furnished to reflect the rank of the senior leaders using the capsule," with beds, a couch, a table, a 37-inch flat-screen monitor with stereo speakers, and a full-length mirror.


How much would this cost?

In all, for the past three years the service has asked to divert $16.2 million to the effort from what the military calls the GWOT, or global war on terrorism.
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Changing the seat color and pockets alone was estimated in a March 12 internal document to cost at least $68,240.


What are the effects?

the top brass's preoccupation with creating new luxury in wartime has alienated lower-ranking Air Force officers familiar with the effort, as well as congressional staff members and a nonprofit group that calls the program a waste of money.


This is the same group that bungled the Air Force contract for a new tanker.

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