The American Interest
Policy, Politics & Culture
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Breaking The Bank

The U.S. military needs to stop cramming new technologies into old platforms.

Published on September 1, 2007
It is widely understood that the sophistication and capabilities of electronic products have been increasing much faster than their cost. Ever since the first Texas Instruments calculators, consumers have experienced steadily increasing performance from personal computers and a host of other products such as TVs and GPS equipment, while their unit cost has not increased in proportion, and in some cases has fallen. Buyers know that the true cost of most electronic equipment, and not just computers, has declined more or less in accordance with the so-called Grosch’s Law: The cost of computing systems increases as the square root of...