History Film / ThePentagonWars

25th Jul '17 2:19:42 PM Rhodes7
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* ReassignmentBackfire: Partridge has his old friend, Burton's commanding officer, assign him to Alaska. If he hadn't done that, the Congressional Subcommittee would have needed to get approval from Partridge's friend to have Burton testify. Instead, he has a new commanding officer who permits it.
28th May '17 3:52:36 PM marcoasalazarm
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* VastBureaucracy: The Pentagon.

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* VastBureaucracy: The Pentagon. Played for all the dark laughs it can obtain (trying to stall Burton's test with live animals by making a division to research the "perfect" live animal to use--a process that will take a year, at the fastest) and drama (everybody on the Bradley project that isn't a JerkAss WarHawk getting the decency grounded out of them on-screen because it's the only way that they will get ''anything'' done).
28th May '17 3:16:20 PM TinMan
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* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Col. Smith, every time the Generals above him demand a change to the Bradley's design.

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* BeleagueredBureaucrat: BeleagueredBureaucrat:
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Col. Smith, every time the Generals above him demand a change to the Bradley's design.


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** Secretary Weinberger gives off the impression of a man desperately trying to effectively lead the Defense Department, but is getting BS'd every step of the way by his generals.


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* EveryoneHasStandards: Colonel Bach and Major Sayers obstruct Burton at every step, but they freak out when he calls their bluff and orders a live fire test on the Bradley with living people inside. They still conceal the test results, but they refuse actually let anyone die in the process.


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* TooManyCooksSpoilTheSoup: Part of the reason why the Bradley was in development so long. Colonel Smith comes up with an effective troop carrier, only for the committee he answers to constantly revise the design for their own personal use, from scout to anti-tank roles.
13th Mar '17 1:16:39 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ChewbaccaDefense: The framing narrative is Partridge putting up one of these at a Congressional hearing explaining the development cycle of the Bradley.

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* ChewbaccaDefense: The framing narrative is Partridge putting up one of these at a Congressional hearing explaining the development cycle of the Bradley. Subverted in that, from the very first scene, it's obvious that the hearing officials are annoyed at Partridge's BlatantLies.



* YouDidntAsk: One reason why Burton was never told about the aluminum gas study.

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* YouDidntAsk: One reason why Burton was never told about the aluminum gas study. Also when the Bradley explodes during the demonstration at the end--the soldiers didn't rigged it to blow up, nor did they rigged it to prevent the thing ''from'' blowing up like they had been doing. They just didn't told Burton because he didn't allowed them to explain when he was making his speech.
21st Jan '17 4:49:30 PM Kalaong
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Hey, it makes as much sense as everything else that had anything to do with that [[TheAllegedCar Alleged Fighting Vehicle.]]

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Hey, it makes as much sense as everything else that had anything to do with that [[TheAllegedCar [[TheAllegedCar/RealLife Alleged Fighting Vehicle.]]
9th Dec '16 10:26:12 AM Kalaong
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Part of the system's M.O. is to place deliberately incompetent officers in charge of parts of the testing program that might reveal flaws. For instance, the department of Ruminant Procurement (in charge of procuring sheep) states that it will take around sixteen months to approve what type of sheep to use in the testing.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Part of the system's M.O. is to place deliberately incompetent officers in charge of parts of the testing program that might reveal flaws. For instance, the department of Ruminant Procurement (in charge of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f2XbOY9kcg procuring sheep) sheep]]) states that it will take around sixteen months to approve what type of sheep to use in the testing.
12th Nov '16 10:53:53 PM SandyGunfox
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** Partridge and his cronies attempt to turn Burton into this by almost-literally burying his office in 17 years' worth of paperwork and memos, attempting to render him simply too busy to oversee the joint tests.


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** ArgumentumAdLapidem: Partridge constantly disparages Burton's testing methods without clearly explaining why they're flawed.
12th Nov '16 10:29:44 PM SandyGunfox
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* BlindObedience: The lieutenant Partridge orders to rewrite Burton's scathing report doesn't even bother to ask why he's completely reversing the conclusions in the report or covering up his conclusions that the Bradley is dangerous.



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Partridge does not seem to realize Burton's motivations are genuine. At first he thinks Burton doesn't understand how the office-politics works, then he thinks Burton is trying to spite him, then he accuses Burton of trying to get media attention or trying to set Partridge up for his own career.



* Hypocrite: Partridge accuses the Congressional committee of forgetting what the point of military procurement and development is and of not worrying about the soldiers in the field. Meanwhile, he's covering up the development of a vehicle he knows to be a deathtrap.

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* Hypocrite: HowWeGotHere: The movie starts near the end of the Bradley's development cycle when the vehicle is almost ready for production, and later spends about fifteen minutes showing how the Bradley was first conceptualized and then constantly subject to changing and contradictory demands in order to become the confused mess it was.
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Partridge accuses the Congressional committee of forgetting what the point of military procurement and development is and of not worrying about the soldiers in the field. Meanwhile, he's covering up the development of a vehicle he knows to be a deathtrap.


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* JustFollowingOrders: The excuse given by the men rigging the live-fire tests.


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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Burton ultimately exposes the Bradley's dangerous flaws and forces extensive redesigning, which saves soldiers' lives in the Gulf War and equips the Army with a genuinely effective fighting vehicle instead of a notorious deathtrap. In reward, he's forced into retirement.


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* OhCrap: Burton realizes the full extent of just how much Partridge is willing to work him out of the loop when he's told the Bradley is already in production despite not being tested.
** Partridge and his cronies get this at the very end when they're told the Bradley's fuel and ammunition are "to spec" for a final demonstration. To spec as in, not rigged.


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* StoppedCaring: Many officers at the Pentagon are so jaded and used to the system that they no longer care about the end result and the men on the ground. Also goes for the enlisted men at the testing facility, who get a "white knight" like Burton every other year and see them inevitably choose their careers over doing the right thing.
12th Nov '16 10:07:50 PM SandyGunfox
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* HalfTruth: Technically, the Romanian anti-tank rocket ''was'' an enemy munition. But it's obviously crude and weak by the standards of munitions made by more serious threats such as the Soviet Union, which the test was obviously concerned with.


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* HeelFaceTurn: A subtle one, but the enlisted men in charge of preparing the Bradley prototypes for testing gradually come to believe in Burton and stop sabotaging the tests, even ''before'' he gives them a big speech, when his antics demonstrate both how horribly unsafe the vehicle is and that they finally had an officer not afraid to ruin his career to stand up for them.


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* ImplausibleDeniability: The officers in charge of the Bradley program refuse to admit flaws that are blatantly obvious to anyone who looks.
** Partridge does this a ''lot'' before the Senate, including denying any deceptiveness in obviously-rigged tests.
* InstantlyProvenWrong: The climax. Partridge tells an assembled audience how amazing the Bradley is, only to watch it spectacularly explode seconds later from a single hit.


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* OpenSecret: Everybody involved in the program ''but'' Burton seems to already know the Bradley is deeply flawed.


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* YouDidntAsk: One reason why Burton was never told about the aluminum gas study.
12th Nov '16 9:58:55 PM SandyGunfox
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Burton has shades of this in the film. Highlights include ''stealing the door off of an ammo dump'' in order to test a Romanian rocket off the books.
* ChewbaccaDefense: The framing narrative is Partridge putting up one of these at a Congressional hearing explaining the development cycle of the Bradley.


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* Hypocrite: Partridge accuses the Congressional committee of forgetting what the point of military procurement and development is and of not worrying about the soldiers in the field. Meanwhile, he's covering up the development of a vehicle he knows to be a deathtrap.
** The contractors building the Bradley accepted extensive safety alterations for models intended for foreign buyers, but denied any safety flaws to the American military.


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* ModernMajorGeneral: What, exactly, is Partridge good at other than careerism?


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* NoProductSafetyStandards: You'd really think a vehicle designed to go into combat wouldn't be made with ''armor that gives off toxic gas when struck by enemy fire.''


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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Pentagon is filled with them. Partridge is the most notable example.


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* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Any time Burton and Partridge speak to one another directly.


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* TakeAThirdOption: Col. Burton can either skip the vaporifics test or wait at least sixteen months for ruminants (sheep) to be approved by an office deliberately dragging its feet. Instead, he just goes out and buys sheep from a local farmer himself.


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* VastBureaucracy: The Pentagon.
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