As Congress Debates Dequester, Missile System Continues to ‘Misfire’ for Taxpayers TPA says MEADS Latest Test is all Window Dressing

Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) and its Communications & Policy Manager Michi Iljazi know that the more things change, the more they stay the same. In the throes of sequestration, on the heels of a government shutdown and with our national debt at a record high, it seems like an odd time for the Department of Defense to get into the marketing business. Yet, a marketing stunt would be the only accurate way to describe yesterday’s Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) “test.”

MEADS Latest Test is All Window Dressing By Michi Iljazi

Taxpayers Protection Alliance Blog

“The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has long identified MEADS as the poster child for waste and redundancy at the Department of Defense…in fact, TPA identified MEADS as one of the biggest taxpayer “Tricks” during this past Halloween…

“After more than $2 billion in cost overruns and delays…the Pentagon rightly pulled the plug on the tri-national program in 2011…it was too expensive and was plagued by a host of technical problems that confirmed MEADS just wasn’t up to the task….

“Yet…two and half years later and the Department of Defense is still spending taxpayer dollars on the…’Missile to Nowhere’…

“But what makes yesterday’s test so troubling is that U.S. taxpayers picked up the tab for a stunt that provides zero benefit to our Armed Forces…

“Italy and Germany, have long seen MEADS as a European jobs program, and with the U.S. paying for the majority of the system costs, it is no surprise that they, too, want MEADS to live on…

“Dean G. Popps, a former acting assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology flatly concluded: ‘For complex international reasons, some involving…the need to bolster Europe’s economy, [MEADS] lives on in a perpetual state of design and development, with no real buyers in sight…

“The [Lockheed Martin] press release…put out yesterday…features more mentions of Italy, Germany, and Europe than it does the United States…the country footing the bill for yesterday’s marketing stunt is a mere afterthought for a defense contractor in desperate need of new customers…

“Yesterday’s test is yet another sad chapter for MEADS in what DoD’s chief financial officer, Robert Hale, has called ‘a very troubled history’…Taxpayers shouldn’t be funding international marketing of a failed missile system.”


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