War is never the solution but creates more problems. While the history of the world is full of wars, no one has ever been able to achieve peace with that. Countries today are spending millions of dollars to make their defense strong and US Military is the most superior of them all in the budget. Yet, they have made blunders which cost them millions of dollars.
1- Blue Devil Airship
This airship was built by the United States Air force to use it in their war against Afghanistan. It was built to capture and process data from onboard sensors and deliver it to the ground troops. But later it was discontinued because of low performance and repeating failures to meet minimum operating standards.
2- Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle
This assault vehicle was designed especially for US Marine in order to support their mobility and agility. It could carry 17 soldiers and 7 man crew at a time and the purpose was to detonate underwater mines to clear the way for bigger ships. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that revolutionary and each unit was costing up to $22 Million which also required constant maintenance.
3- Agent Orange Vietnam
Agent orange had one of the deadliest chemicals used in herbicidal warfare program for Vietnam by The US military which destroyed countless acres of land and impacts a lot of lives till date. It got banned in 1971 with more than $100 million lost in the case.
4- Alenia C-27J Spartan
Although Americans were already equipped with so many advanced transport planes, they still decided to invest on this to land on unpaved areas and short runways. Initially, 18 planes were built costing $32 million each but all of a sudden, US ordered to stop manufacturing them because they were turning out to be really expensive. Later, they tried to sell it to other countries.
5- Missing Greenland Nukes
In 1968, the USA increased their protection on nearby inhospitable areas known as Greenland. There was a possibility that Soviets would strike in the northeast due to its strategic location but B-52 which was patrolling the sky with Hydrogen Bombs got crashed into the Baffin Bay and everything went missing including 4 hydrogen bombs.
6- Bikini Atoll Contamination
It’s been 60 years since the deadly US hydrogen bomb test took place at Bikini Atoll of Marshall Island. It is said that the 15-megatonne Bravo test on 1 March 1954 was a thousand times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Life is still nearly impossible there as people who tried to visit the island found out that the water is still contaminated along with fruits or vegetables grown on the island.
7- Camp Lejeune Clean-up
The Camp Lejeune water contamination problem occurred at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987. Victims claim that USMC leaders tried to hide the knowledge of the problem and never solved it for the residents. This resulted in deadly diseases like various forms of cancer. The contamination included solvents from a nearby, off-base dry cleaning company, on-base units using chemicals to clean military equipment, and leaks from underground fuel storage tanks.
8- Boeing Yal-1
The Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser weapons system was a megawatt-class of chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) which was installed inside a customized Boeing 747-400F. Basically, it was a missile defense system to destroy tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs). Funding for the program got canceled because of increased levels of laser required (20-30 times stronger than chemical laser) and to make it operational they needed 10 to 20 747s, at nearly billion dollars per piece, and $100 million a year as an expense.
9- XM2001 Crusader
It was going to become United States Army’s next-generation self-propelled howitzer (SPH), which aimed at improving the survivability, mobility, and effectiveness of the overall force. In early May 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld canceled the USD$11 billion program because he considered it neither mobile nor precise enough.
10- Future Combat Systems
Its vision was to create new brigades which would be equipped with new manned and unmanned vehicles linked by an unprecedented fast and flexible battlefield network. It was the most ambitious and expensive project by the US army to date after World War II. Between 1995 and 2009, $32 billion was spent with no workable machine until the time it was about to cancel.
11- B2 Bomber
The B2 bomber was a step ahead in the right direction. The bomber could carry and deploy conventional and thermonuclear weapons on targeted areas with stealth configuration. While the maintenance cost was a trouble, it was later found out that it couldn’t fly in the rain as well.
F-35 Lightning II is a single-engined and all-weather stealth multi-role fighter. This fifth-generation combat aircraft was designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions. The cost to fund this from tax payer’s money reached up to $400 billion which became quite controversial in the US and had to be canceled.