Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 16, 2011
An example of what I believe is a total waste of money is Whiteman AFB and its $2 billion dollar B-2 bombers. The Pentagon claims they cost $1 billion each. Even at that price, each would cost as much as five of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliners.
The Admirals and Generals want the biggest and most expensive. You may remember that while we have very expensive bombers and submarines, our leaders sent our troops into combat without body armor. There is nothing glamorous about body armor except to the solder wearing it.
America is now at a point where we cannot or will not defend our own borders and coastline. Perhaps we should rethink our priorities during these tough times and look at places like Whiteman AFB and other fluff. Did you know that there are five government academies? It costs less to send someone through Harvard Medical School than to a government academy.
Don’t expect the military brass to make cuts that make sense. Simply find out what the warfighters need and give it to them. Make sure we don’t pay too much. What is proving to be a very effective weapon is the Predator Drone. But even so, we are looking at about $5 million each for a little aircraft powered by a 115 hp Rotax engine like the ones that power tiny light private aircraft that can be manufactured and equipped for well under $100,000.
We need a strong defense but it does not have to be gold plated. Just because a congressman votes to cut defense spending does not mean he or she is anti-defense, it may mean they are cost conscience.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
10. You burn Religious Books and get no news coverage.
9. You are asked to serve on the Obama Financial Team.
8. You're vacationing in Nevada and Harry Reid won't shake your hand.
7. Sheriff Joe Arpaio shows up on your doorstep carrying pink underwear.
6. Dick Cheney phones to invite you to go hunting.
5. Your name is mentioned in the newspaper along with Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters.
4. You are running for Governor and President Obama shows up to campaign for you.
3. You are mistakenly introduced as Joe Biden's speech writer.
2. Your unfavorable ratings come out just below those of Nancy Pelosi.
1. You have just been asked to address the United Nations General Assembly.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Top Gun Management employs an arsenal of weapons to achieve excellence with integrity. McVay believes that No head of state or chief executive officer is so high that they can afford to stop learning. No arsenal is so complete that a secret weapon can be discarded. No repertoire is so perfect that it cannot use some spit and polish. Within the pages of this book one will find not perfection but persistence and compassion. While many examples exist for customer oriented service, McVay believes that citizens have come to accept poor service from the postal service and service stations. While great men like Sam Walton and Frederick Smith had the courage to build Wal-Mart and Federal Express into industry giants, the new breed of MBA managers may not be able to sustain what others have created. Too often integrity takes a back seat to deceit and profit wins out over excellence. McVay includes twenty principles including surrounding yourself with people smarter than you, and developing courage. McVay quotes great leaders such as Churchill and George Washington Carver to make his points. He believes that leaders should give back to the community and mentor coworkers. You may never soar to the very top, but you can enjoy the journey and unashamedly be able to look yourself in the mirror with contentment when the battle is over.