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    Default Seven Hundred Million Dollars !

    The Northrup Grumman B-21 Stealth bomber is being unveiled to the public this evening.
    I believe the projected cost is $700,000,000 each.

    Who are we going to bomb?
    ITS CHAOS, BE KIND

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    Mexico, or maybe Canada?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    The Northrup Grumman B-21 Stealth bomber is being unveiled to the public this evening.
    I believe the projected cost is $700,000,000 each.

    Who are we going to bomb?
    Someone who isn’t as technologically advanced as Afghanistan.

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    $700 million sounds like a deal. I bet the service package costs a lot.

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    Someone who doesn't have any ground to air missiles. Fiji maybe? Iceland?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayInOz View Post
    Someone who doesn't have any ground to air missiles. Fiji maybe? Iceland?
    Also someone who doesn't have any nukes to shoot at us.

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    Wikipedia says the USAF is planning on buying 100 of these planes.
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    wow, they're getting cheaper
    the b2 was $737 million in 1988
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    Someone who isnít as technologically advanced as Afghanistan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    The Northrup Grumman B-21 Stealth bomber is being unveiled to the public this evening.
    I believe the projected cost is $700,000,000 each.

    Who are we going to bomb?
    Anyone we want. At any time, and no can stop us. Not Russia, not China, not Iran nor North Korea.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Mahan View Post
    Anyone we want. At any time, and no can stop us. Not Russia, not China, not Iran nor North Korea.
    Keep calm, persistence beats resistance.

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    Tuck your head between your knees and kiss your butt goodbye.

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    We ,the USA, spend about 3 BILLION dollars a DAY for offense. About trillion a year
    so, one days budget pays for 3 or 4 of these things
    is my math that far off ?

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    Re my post above, I am absolutely not in favor of these bombers and the MIC. But the capacity is necessary to the degree that there are potential enemies with competing tech latent in the world.

    If it were up to me, I'd use our comparative extreme wealth—after downsizing both the DoD and the MIC to where we could drown them in a bathtub at the drop of a hat—to pay all the likely enemies of our state and the world, just to stay home and not attack us, while we figure out how to give everyone on the planet a way better standard of living including all the basic human rights to health care, shelter, food and water, education etc for everyone everywhere.

    If we did that, the increase in total wealth, and happiness, in all countries, and for all people on every continent, would climb and continue to grow long-term. Subsequent generations would know peace and civilizaton as never before, and true to our potential as a sentient species at the top of chain of sentient species.

    I can magine a world with no armed forces on any continent and across no borders.

    Just like I can imagine a domestic situation that is so good in a standard way—without being dominated by a crushing layer of billionare piracy above us all being the only real difference—crime would vitually disappear over time. We'd always have individuals born with warped anti-social propensities but they'd be such a vanishingly small part of the general population as to be negligible overall, and all sorts of human frailties would also disappear, as there'd be way less anxiety and despair and ignorance. Future generations in such a world would be gobsmackingly appalled by our contemporary brutal, uncivilized world, and proportionately gobsmackingly surprised and pleased with the transition Humanity finally managed.

    And so would be the aliens of the Federation. Jus sayin.


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    But….but…… where would the money come frm to bribe political parties in whose interests the said gravy train is kept running?

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    The equation does not balance. A B17 in WWII could carry enough bombs on one mission to destroy infrastructure that was worth more than what the bomber & payload cost.

    Other than carrying a nuke, modern expensive planes can never economically justify the investment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerarddm View Post
    The equation does not balance. A B17 in WWII could carry enough bombs on one mission to destroy infrastructure that was worth more than what the bomber & payload cost.

    Other than carrying a nuke, modern expensive planes can never economically justify the investment.
    Don’t think that’s how one decides to procure and use weapons.

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    ^ No, surely. But it does show how systemic war literally is increasingly unaffordable.
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    What happened to the Pentagon holding a bake sale to support itself?

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    What’s the price of a new B-777 these days? $400M?

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    google says 279
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hadfield View Post
    What’s the price of a new B-777 these days? $400M?
    The pricing of military aircraft seems awfully variable. I’ve read a couple articles that point out the cost given for an F-35 leaves out a lot of the necessary electronics that makes it a weapons platform. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same thing is happening here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    The Northrup Grumman B-21 Stealth bomber is being unveiled to the public this evening.
    I believe the projected cost is $700,000,000 each.

    Who are we going to bomb?
    Bettter yet... "Can It Fight ?"

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