The Circular Firing Squad of Defense Acquisition Rhetoric

...Over decades, a highly specialized group of government and industry officials have become skilled at navigating the myriad of public and private interests, regulations, and political toxicity surrounding defense acquisition programs. A relatively small number of people operate a system that is much closer to a nationalized defense industry than an open marketplace, yet they are judged in terms that are irrelevant to the quality of their work or the performance of the acquisition system as a whole....