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Trump tells NATO allies to spend more… like thrifty Pentagon buying $1.2k mugs & $10k toilet seats?

by:Xianke     2020-07-02
While President Donald Trump has threatened NATO allies to increase military spending, the US Department of Defense has spent a lot of taxpayer money on ordinary items that can be purchased from shelves or even on-
If the military does allow that.
In a recently reported example, the crew of tankers and freighters at the Travis Air Force Base in Southern California are afraid to throw away cups dedicated to heating coffee or tea during long flights.
The fragile plastic handle of the metal cup is easy to break and no replacement can be found, requiring the Air Force to cost up to $1,220 for a brand new Cup.
Air Force Times reported on Monday that air Port Squadron 60 spent nearly $56,000 over the past three years buying the new mug, saying the drinking water ship was \"worth gold \".
In fact, just this year, the US Air Force bought 25 cups for only $32,000.
Although the Pentagon is still on for the first time
In the internal audit, the staggering cost of items such as coffee cups and toilet seats undoubtedly helped explain some of those $700 billion --
In addition, taxpayers\' funds are increasing every year.
The root of the problem is that, as Trump might say, the Pentagon has made a bad deal.
When a procurement contract is signed by the Ministry of Defense, contracts rarely include intellectual property rights, which enables contractors to charge for repairs and replacements through their noses on future roads, or without repairs and replacements, former Marine tanker and government supervision program researcher (POGO).
The Air Force can print many parts in 3D, but it does not have the right to do so, and Will Roper, assistant secretary in charge of acquisitions, technology and logistics, told Defense One in May.
He raised the question of the toilet cover for C-
Globemaster sports costs $10,000 because the US Air Force is not allowed to 3D print them for $300.
\"You will think, \'it can\'t be expensive,\'\" Roper said \'. \".
\"No, no, but you ask a company to produce it, they are [busy]
Produce something else.
\"The story drew the attention and anger of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
On June, he wrote to the deputy inspector general of the Pentagon, saying \"there is no way to justify the $10,000.
00 price tag for toilet cover.
Just not credible.
It needs to be reviewed.
The Grasley office said there had been no response as of Tuesday.
When it comes to coffee cups, however, the Air Force finally decided to do something.
Captain Ryan McGuire of the 60 th air motor Wing asked the designers and engineers of the Phoenix spark program for a cheaper solution.
Nicholas Wright said: \"Currently the handle on the Hot Cup has a square bottom, which creates a weakness on the handle, so whenever it is put down, the handle will crack shortly after the impact, according to a report released by Travis AFB, a volunteer 3D designer and printer from Phoenix Spark.
\"Our new round handle reduces this weakness.
The handle we designed is stronger and capable of printing at most air bases.
\"Now, the design is approved by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, so it can be put into production.
It seems that the US government has never felt anything at the time of signing, because often
Citing the myth that NASA spent millions of dollars on space pens, the Soviets used pencils to solve the problem of zero-gravity writing.
However, the actual story is somewhat different.
The cost NASA paid to Texas is really a waste.
The company is headquartered at $128.
On 1965, about 34 mechanical pencils were 89 per person.
In the same year, Fisher Pen filed a patent for its research \"Space Pen\" at its own expense.
By 1968, NASA and the Soviet Union bought pens in large quantities from Fisher for $2.
According to Scientific American, there are 39 each.
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