为啥花钱在没用的坦克上而不是大学教育研究?

作者:kukubara  于 2013-6-2 14:55 发表于 最热闹的华人社交网络--贝壳村

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美陆军本来打算从2016年到2019年暂停三年,等到2019年薪坦克出来再多采购,期间坦克厂生产出口坦克。但是议员们以这个计划就可能关闭5个坦克厂中的一个而压陆军取消这个计划。

为啥花钱在没用的坦克上而不是大学教育研究,答案在这两个行业的不同民族组成上。。。

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美国《洛杉矶时报》5月30日文章,原题:政府机能失调第三部分:美国政客把未来拱手让给中国 美国将把自己世界第一的霸主地位拱手让给中国——尽管这种说法听上去更像是一种预言,然而并不是没有可能。如果美国政府的机能继续失调,中国将毫无悬念地超越美国。  

  当中国投资兴建基础设施的时候,美国政府却放任国家高速公路、桥梁和电网慢慢衰败;当中国致力于发展教育和科研的时候,美国政府却拒绝提供教育资源和经费——这些资源和经费本应用于培养有竞争力而形形色色的新一代年轻美国人,或者确保实验室和科研机构全速运转。
 
Over 120 lawmakers to Army: Reverse Abrams tank plansTank work is spread across congressional districts<!---->
May. 30, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By John T. Bennett Staff writer   |   Comments

WASHINGTON — More than 120 U.S. lawmakers are urging Army brass to reverse a plan under which the service would stop buying Abrams tanks for three years.

The collection of Republican and Democratic House members “are deeply concerned to learn that the Army has once again failed to fund production of the [Abrams] tank,” they wrote in a May 21 letter to Army Secretary John McHugh.

“This decision neglects the Army’s responsibility to modernize the National Guard units, and undervalues the damaging impact to the highly specialized industrial base that supports the program,” states the letter.

Under a years-old plan, the Army intends to suspend buying upgraded Abrams tanks in 2016, a freeze that would last until 2019. The service wants to use the savings for other priorities, and believes sales to other nations will keep the production line running.

Industry officials and lawmakers with a stake in the program aren’t so sure that’s the best idea.

“It is our understanding that the Army believes that Foreign Military Sales (FMS) alone are enough to keep the facility at minimum levels of production until the next major upgrades to the Abrams tank take place in the 2019 time frame.

“Congress has consistently taken the position that FMS alone is an unacceptable level of risk,” the lawmakers wrote. “FMS combined with a minimum level of United States-based tanks for the National Guard is the most rational path forward until the next series of upgrades begins.”

Industry officials and lawmakers are worried that without sustained U.S. Army buys, General Dynamics would be forced to shutter the Lima, Ohio-based production line.

Because highly skilled, specially trained workers would likely have to find work elsewhere, stakeholders worry about the cost of restarting the line as US defense budgets are shrinking. They often talk of a worst-case scenario under which the tank plant would never reopen.

The Abrams program shows how the U.S. military services and industry have become experts at spreading work on major weapon programs across the country, and thereby locking in the support of sizable numbers in Congress.

In addition to Ohio, work is conducted on the Abrams program in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida, according to an Army fact sheet.

“The industrial base cannot be turned on and off like a light switch,” the lawmakers tell McHugh. “Failing to fund the program in 2014 would likely result in a production break in 2016 that would significantly impact the skilled workforce as well as drive many small companies out of the business.”

The lawmakers say that development would leave “our nation without the necessary industrial capacity to produce tanks when we need them,” states the letter. “The Army must manage these facilities in a responsible manner that does not require Congress to annually consider whether or not they are being properly funded.”

Congressional sources and analysts often say the ground service is counting on lawmakers to come up with the funds to keep American tanks rolling off the Lima line.

However, that could prove difficult for 2014 since defense budget caps are in place and the 2014 Pentagon budget now would have to be cut by around $50 billion unless sequestration is addressed before Oct. 1.


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