"The reason for this is not that they couldn't get the parts needed to keep things operating, but the process of procuring and stocking parts was so screwed up and inefficient that they couldn't get parts in a timely enough fashion to keep things operating. So they would have huge piles of tires, far more than they needed but no brake parts for example. It's like the joke in Contact. The first rule in government procurement is why build one when you can build two at three times the price?" — T.M. Ryan on the problems of nationalized Oil Companies

When onboard my ship in the Navy we would have to take enormous amounts of time ordering supplies for various things. I remember that it took way too much time trying to match up what "normal" people call simple office products to what the Navy had named them, for instance:

In Navy-speak, "fastener" and "disposal container" mean "paperclip" and "trashcan."

The list went on and on. I was criticized for even trying to translate. My Chief told me to utilize the order manual that was given!

From Stefan Jovanovich:

For those wanting to learn more of the currently useful and useless military euphemisms, I recommend Embrace the Suck, by Col. Austin Bay. 





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