Some old white guy
I want Drew Hunter's form wrote:
I worked for a letter agency you might call affiliated with this nation's miltary, and had meetings with people I will not identify.
The volume of cash, that we'd all but burn, because otherwise we'd lose it and that would cause the end of the world, was staggering.
I worked for a company that occasionally received defense contracts. They were referred to as Weapons of Mass Expense. It was amazing how the company would do a 180 degree turn on all sorts of issues, e.g. Civil programme, "What do you mean you need new computers? Windows 98 is a perfectly good operating system." Military programme, "New state of the art lap tops for everyone."
The "use it or loose it" money culture is very real. We would get pressure to spend money faster as the end of the fiscal year approached. Having money left over was a huge no-no. Money couldn't be carried over and any programme that underspent risked getting its budget reduced and the difference given to a rival programme that had successfully run out of money four weeks before the end of the financial year.
It was also repulsive the way that all the cockroaches would come out of the woodwork once they knew you had defense money. Potential sub-contractor, "We know absolutely nothing about this subject but if you give us $5 million we will hire a few people who have read about it on Wikipedia. Then we can submit a proposal."