Short version: they're being resourceful, we're being corrupt. Longer version in Wired magazine
(HT: Devilstower on DailyKos
). I think the American defense industry has become more about enriching itself than actually increasing our military capability. This kind of story seems to be cropping up a lot lately. It's outrageous enough that we spend so much money on military things. The fact that our troops still seem to have trouble getting equipment is an absolute disgrace.
Note that I don't think de-corrupting and streamlining the military procurement process would fundamentally alter the dynamic in Iraq. They don't want us there. But fixing the procurement bureaucracy might make life a bit easier for our troops until our broken political process can get them out of there.