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    Re: Military spends more to air condition tents than NASA’s entire budget

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
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    Hmmm I recall having a discussion in the chat with a few people about the military's wasteful spending and here is just some more proof of it.
    There's a reason why the military is one of the biggest backers of alternative fuels. That **** is expensive. Furthermore, getting oil based fuels into certain areas is fairly hazardous. I remember reading cost exceeding $200 to get a single gallon of gas into Afghanistan.
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    Re: Military spends more to air condition tents than NASA’s entire budget

    Frankly, this a huge vacuum of waste. This is what you get when you give a department unlimited freedom to spend money.
    The Pentagon should have cut waste more, and spend money on things that actually show results. Air conditioned tents don't show results on say, the War on Terror.
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    Re: Military spends more to air condition tents than NASA’s entire budget

    Quote Originally Posted by Proud South Korean View Post
    Air conditioned tents don't show results on say, the War on Terror.
    Do you not understand the role air conditioned tents play in maintaining troop readiness? Men who are fatigued, dehydrated, and overheated don't fight as well as men who aren't.

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    Re: Military spends more to air condition tents than NASA’s entire budget

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    Re: Military spends more to air condition tents than NASA’s entire budget

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    Why can't the US fight wars in nice climates?
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    Re: Military spends more to air condition tents than NASA’s entire budget

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Why can't the US fight wars in nice climates?
    I assume it's because people who live in nice climates are less full of hate. It's all the weather's fault. We should declare war on it.

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    Re: Military spends more to air condition tents than NASA’s entire budget

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    There's a reason why the military is one of the biggest backers of alternative fuels. That **** is expensive. Furthermore, getting oil based fuels into certain areas is fairly hazardous. I remember reading cost exceeding $200 to get a single gallon of gas into Afghanistan.
    So, how is it cheaper to get alternative fuels into Afghanistan?

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    Re: Military spends more to air condition tents than NASA’s entire budget

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    You know why it costs so much? Becaue they're trying to cool ****ing TENT and TEMP buildings . .. geesh - it's really a stupid idea.

    Upgrade materials - get some insulation going on (as they're suggesting to do) - better yet - just do away with the actual tents unless they're necessary and build temp buildings (with better insullation) and it would greatly reduce the dissipation rate. . . and for tents that are produced they should use flexi-bon relfective insulation in the making process at the factory - subvert this entire issue.

    Als - they should go solar / wind to power each unit . . . part of the cost is actally electricity. . . and then when the electricity goes out (as it often does) it's just funky.
    This is a case where spending more on the outset for better materials would cost less in the long run, and probably be better for the soldier as well since their living quarter would be of a higher quality.

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    Re: Military spends more to air condition tents than NASA’s entire budget

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    This is a case where spending more on the outset for better materials would cost less in the long run, and probably be better for the soldier as well since their living quarter would be of a higher quality.
    It would cause damage to a unit's mobility. Tents are far more mobile than buildings.

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    Re: Military spends more to air condition tents than NASA’s entire budget

    apdst is correct(that is painfull to say btw). If they are living in tents, it is for a reason.
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