Re: DoD Contracting
'Do you believe for one moment that they are handing half the value to foreign companies, and making themselves dependent upon those companies and countries?'
Production offsets are fairly typical in military contracts. In this case I believe there are very few parts that aren't made in the US (rear fuselage sections are I think 100% UK built and Rolls-Royce do all the lift fans) but that other production centres also exist. So for instance an F-35 made in Japan may have more non-US parts than a US assembled one, ditto for the Italian production line. So the US isn't dependent on the other countries, but there's enough overseas work to keep them happy.