Thursday, November 23, 2006

U. S. Armed Forces Code, in Verse: Chapters 6-9

Chapter 6

161

The Chiefs sit and argue
And advise Mr Prez
When to make war and then
The Sec does what he says

162

From him orders go out
Along chains of command
Everyone does the things
The higher ups demand

163

The Prez has the Chair tell
The Sec what to do
The Sec sends the Chair upon
Other missions, too

164

Commanders are responsible
For ensuring completion
The Sec ensures each force is
Right for each mission

165

The Sec of Defense
Provides help assorted
To make sure that all of
The troops are supported

166

For money, each leader of
Command makes request
The Sec then compiles it
And tries to assist

166a

There's a special fund
Called CINC
With extra money for reasons
Not explained to me

166b

Another fund's available
For fighting all terror
Cause readiness doesn't have
Margin for error

167

This section talks about
Special operations
Their purpose and practice
And organization

167a

In this section, part a) says
See parts b) and c)
Part b) says see a) but
No part says see g)

168

We sometimes cooperate -
With ponderous bureaucracy -
Joint military missions
To encourage democracy

Chapter 7

171

Yet another chapter full
Of councils and boards
The whole sully details
I'll faithfully record

172

The last section talked about
A council for armed forces
While this one on ammunition
Laboriously discourses

173

Advisers are brought in
To give good advice
If they're government employees
They can't be paid twice

174

Advisers are brought in
To any department
For the purpose of research
Or even development

175

A reserve forces board
Can consult on reserves
(Later on it's given the
Attention it deserves)

176

An institute of pathology
Is now given creation
To do what they do and
Provide consultation

177

For quality and practicality in
Pathology neutrality
A Registry of Pathology
Gets legality, quite totally

178

A military medical
Research foundation
Named for Henry Jackson
Was created by Reagan

179

Another council named here
Handles the nukes
And decides to invest in
More nukes or more cukes

180

They sure seem to worry about
Issues of all sorts
This section talks about
How college manages sports

181

They have a commission
To perform oversights
Aren't oversights actions
That weren't done right?

182

Another center manages
Excellent disasters
To ensure the disasters are
Efficient and faster

184

For all parts of the world
Regardless of obscurity
A regional center
Studies its security

185

Financial and accounting
System integrity
Is now being monitored
By one FMME

186

Something else new: a
DBSM committee
Makes Defense Management
Systems look pretty

Chapter 8

191

The Sec of Defense as
A matter of efficiency
Can contract for all forces a
Supplier with proficiency

192

But he delegates supervision
Of supplies instead
To somebody else then
Goes back to bed

193

The JCS Chairman
Submits bi-annually
A report on supply states
Usually done manually

194

The number of personnel is
Considered just fine
If it's no more than it was
In nineteen eighty nine

195

Something about printing -
But I really should say
That previous sections don't
Apply to the NSA

196

A center's established
With Director and Deputy
Something about missiles
And some kind of facility

197

Apparently, defense infor-
Mation costs money
And Logistics must pay the
Sec fees, which seems funny

201

Appointments made
To the CIA
Include from the Director
A yea or a nay

203

This section is mysterious
And says in essence
An important job's Director
Of missile defense

Chapter 9

221

The Sec makes a budget
For four fiscal years
On how much to spend on
Whiskeys and beers

222

And also for missions
For this thing and that
Like the cost of torpedoing
Ahmadinejad's cat

223

While compiling the budget
One of the chores
Is requesting some monies
For funding Star Wars

223a

When requesting the money
For expensive missiles
The plans must be concrete
And not bells and whistles

224

Where this money goes is
Completely secure
It's written in this section
Which is totally obscure

226

A couple of Directors
Some scores and some blame
Throw in a few baseballs
And we've got us a game

228

The actual spending
Each month may be off
Differences of fifteen mil
Or less get a cough

229

They also will fund
By trial and error
Resources needed to
Try to fight terror

231

Included in the budget's
Thirty years worth of boats -
That kind of time frame
Seems pretty remote

232

Research and development
And stuff of that sort
Must all be submitted
In the budget report

233

If the money requested
Is much different than
The money spent, the Prez
Must make excuse, if he can

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