History Film / ThePentagonWars

6th Dec '17 8:18:32 PM Kalaong
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* SoldiersAtTheRear: Burton uses the story of the M-16 to accuse the enlisted men working on the Bradley of not caring because they never knew anyone who died because of defective equipment. This is [[InvokedTrope deliberate]] however; as enlisted men, a lot of them probably ''did'' have close friends who died in combat because of defective equipment and Burton knows this.

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* SoldiersAtTheRear: Burton uses the story of the M-16 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M16_rifle#Adoption M-16]] to accuse the enlisted men working on the Bradley of not caring because they never knew anyone who died because of defective equipment. This is [[InvokedTrope deliberate]] however; as enlisted men, a lot of them probably ''did'' have close friends who died in combat because of defective equipment and Burton knows this.
22nd Oct '17 2:20:19 PM Malady
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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.

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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 tell Burton because he didn't allowed allow them to explain when he was making his speech.
21st Oct '17 6:56:09 AM manofwarb
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* PassedOverPromotion: Colonel Smith, the BeleagueredBureaucrat who managed the Bradley design project was passed over from being given the coveted general's star for a long time due to the Bradley's DevelopmentHell.
-->'''Colonel Smith''': ''"Look at these eagles! I've been a bird colonel so long, I'm starting to grow goddamned feathers!!"''
22nd Sep '17 2:53:57 PM USABobcat
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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.

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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. It's pretty heavily implied that Burton is acting this way because if anyone tries to court-martial or reprimand him for doing these things, they will draw more attention to the Bradley's failings as a vehicle, which is what Burton wants.
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.
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