If our nation's strategic bomber force starts randomly blowing shit up, it may be because they've been driven out of their mind by talk radio or easy listening or by, God help us, country music in the course of operating their radar systems. See, it turns out that the FCC just accidentally sold off the B-2 bomber's radar frequency for radio purposes:
When the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, acting in accordance with the International Telecommunication Union, inadvertently sold the operating frequency band of the B-2 bomber's Raytheon APQ-181 radar to a commercial user, nobody panicked,
Great! Nobody panicked! It's just a matter of turning a dial or switching freqs or something, right?
even though installing new radar arrays on the 20 surviving jets will cost well over $1 billion.
Well, at least it couldn't possibly pose any security threat. I mean, who did they sell it to? Some giant news network? A chain of adult contemporary stations? Who?
Last year during the bandwidth auction, the portion of the spectrum used by the B-2 bomber's Raytheon APQ-181 radar was accidentally sold to an obscure multinational organization according to Military.com.
Ah! An "obscure multinational organization"! Sounds charming. I'm sure it's not SPECTRE or anything.
Now, government being government, nobody has reported the actual names of the individuals at the FCC who fucked up. That sort of accountability is un-American. They probably won't even lose their jobs. Just as well — otherwise, angry citizens might start contemplating how much of that $1 billion we could recoup by throwing them into an arena and putting it on pay-per-view.
(Hat tip to Lawbeefaroni at OO.)
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