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Letter: Military spending too much

During my career as an Army pilot in the 1960s, I flew the OV-1 Mohawk. It was a twin-engine turbo-prop costing $3 million. The latest U.S. military jet, F-35C, has an average cost of $120 million each and will be utilized by all three branches of service. The cost of each is ongoing by the requirement for crew, fuel and maintenance. Seventy-five F-35s will be stationed aboard the new USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78.

The Ford was recently commissioned after a 10-year production life costing $13 billion. It contains state of the art technological equipment including two nuclear power plants, which power the ship for 25 years. It contains ten million feet of electric cable. It can produce 15,000 meals a day and convert 400,000 gallons of fresh water from the ocean, daily. The new carrier will join 10 existing carrier groups. Each group has six or more supporting ships costing many more billions of taxpayer dollars.

How can the United States justify this new beautiful aircraft carrier? A similar comparison is a man going bankrupt that owns 10 expensive vehicles buying another one. I believe the one descriptive word is insane.

We are at war around the globe with terrorist groups. In my opinion, those people are not intimidated by the USS Gerald R. Ford.

LOU BARBER

Ruston, La.

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