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Lexington Institute on “The Dumbest Weapons Decision of the Decade”

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Dutch PzH-2000 howitzerheaded to Afghanistan(click to view full) With all of the recent C-17 related purchases by NATO, Canada, et. al., a reader drew our attention to a recent piece by military analyst Loren Thompson at the Lexington Institute think-tank in Washington, DC. Pulling no punches, it’s titled “The Dumbest Weapons Decision of the Decade.” People from other countries often underestimate the role of think tanks in Washington, because there are no comparable players in their own countries. That’s a big mistake. American academia’s growing irrelevance means that the policy agendas and talking points of US political parties are often underpinned by think-tank research and proposals. Lexington isn’t in the top tier with institutions like Brookings, Heritage, AEI (American Enterprise Institute) et. al., but it’s pitching into a combustible environment. The final decision on C-17 procurement will come from Congress, the C-17 already has a lobbying base, and the country is headed for the final stretch of the 2006 mid-term elections; it’s also gearing up for a hotly-contested and security-focused Presidential election in 2008. An excerpt from Thompson’s September 13, 2006 Issue Brief (which sounds like a political address), reads: “The C-17 Globemaster III is by all accounts the best […]

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