Ahh Rog, I may be a rookie in working for Defense Contractors but I also have 4 years medical industry, 3 years in educational testing, 6 years in energy, and 1 year in automotive. Guess I am somewhat of a Renaissance Man when it comes to jobs. All of these jobs have been as an Engineer working with everyone from the supplier to customer and all of the regulatory types (FAA, ISO Auditors, JCMA, etc...) Whewwww, I think I'm ready to join Condo in retirement!
Rog, I believe you are correct about the defense spending. I worked for two defense contractors in aerospace for 25 years and the amount of waste is ridiculous, especially the "cost-plus" contracts. If the DOD hired unbiased auditing firms to oversee the defense contracts they could reduce defense spending by 25% without losing anything. But then that can happen with any government spending program.
Condo switched to using unicorn tallow to sautee his hummingbird tongues, gives the flavor a little more giddyup to go with his MD 20-20, which he is now drinking from a reuseable cotton bag rather than the traditional brown paper bag. :-)
Condo, gitting a little chilly in your MN homeland!