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Thanks for reprinting Jacque's classic, Ann. I've seen more "dead horses" than I could count over the last 50 years.

Still remember the incisive 1971 book or article titled "How to Keep Your Job When All Around You Are Losing Theirs", counseling snuggling up to the biggest money-losing long-term project investment of the enterprise. No one will dare admit it failed/died years ago.

Watch the great cynical movie "The Pentagon Wars" for the fictionalized version of the true story about the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The M247 Sergeant York project was an inverse example: an excellent weapon cancelled due to media mockery after an innocent public debacle.

Expensive failures are embarrassing, so such "dead horses" tend to be hidden in the locked barn as long as possible. But their stench is hard to hide.

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