Smart Power!

So as the Bestest Smartest Rootin-Tootinest President Evuh imposes Smart Sanctions on Russia to make them feel the pain of our displeasure about the Ukraine over at the Pentagon they’re wondering “how do we launch our satellites now?

The Pentagon has no “great solution” to reduce its dependence on a Russian-made engine that powers the rocket used to launch U.S. military satellites, the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer said.

“We don’t have a great solution,” Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, said yesterday after testifying before a Senate committee. “We haven’t made any decisions yet.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Air Force to review its reliance on the rocket engine after tensions over Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region prompted questions from lawmakers about that long-time supply connection.

United Launch Alliance LLC, a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co., uses the Russian-made RD-180 engine on Atlas V rockets.

Our military uses Russian rockets.

It shouldn’t.

One Response to “Smart Power!”

  1. JeffS says:

    No, it shouldn’t. But DoD is lazy.

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