Reagan and his administration -- many of the same people who became known as "Neocons" and are implicated in 9/11 -- did not at all like these revelations.
Reagan attempted to defend them by calling this "propaganda" and acting as if it made him angry, rather than being interested in understanding why this was happening.
IT STARTS AS A JOKE...
In this next article from the LA Times on July 30, 1986, the reviewer makes a joke early along, only to reveal this is how the US military really worked:
You may have read in the paper the other day that a division of Litton Industries and two of its former executives are accused of defrauding the government out of $6.3 million on military contracts.
According to the U.S. attorney, the company "grossly inflated prices intentionally" on about 45 contracts from 1975 to 1984.
It makes you wonder if all our weapons aren't overpriced....
A handy book for any taxpayer is "The Pentagon Catalog" (Workman), which describes and shows diagrams of numerous pieces of military hardware that authors Christopher Cerf and Henry Beard describe as "ordinary products at extraordinary prices."
They claim that their firm, Pentagon Products, can supply any of these items to anyone at the prices our military paid for them, and they boast, "We will not be oversold."
Anyone who buys this paperback for $4.95 gets a $2,043 nut free.
The nut is glued to the inside of the back cover, in the upper right hand corner, and fits in a hole in the pages, so it goes through to the front.
This nut, which is described as "a plain round nut," was made by McDonnell Douglas for the Navy at $2,043 each.
But, as the book points out, wouldn't it be embarrassing if some big piece of equipment failed because of a spare part that cost only a few cents? We certainly don't want to risk our airplanes by fitting them with cheap nuts.
The book also lists a claw hammer sold by Gould Simulation Systems to the Navy for $435. In the picture it looks like the kind you can buy at any hardware store for $10.
Comparatively reasonable is McDonnell Douglas' price of only $37 for a screw. It appears in every respect to be an ordinary screw, but the book points out:
"The fact is, a screw this expensive simply cannot get lost! How many times have you had a screw roll off your worktable and disappear, then just casually reached for another one because the missing fastener was too cheap to hunt for?
"Lots of times, right? Well, you can bet your bottom dollar . . . that if one of our screws rolls into some dark corner, you're going to conduct a full-scale search!"