This happens in government spending all the time. It has nothing to do with the poor sap who happened to be the decision maker at the time. The system is broke. A government project gets funding or promises of funds come when it gets exposure from above, or from the media, depending on the project. However, each project is subject to annual review. If the pressure and attention from above is gone, then the funds are shifted to something else, more and more each year without any regard for money already spent. By the time a project is nearing completion, there are often no funds left to utilize the product. The only difference is that in this case, the private sector footed the bill instead of the taxpayer.
In this case, as we return to normalcy after 9/11, anti-terrorism measures are slowly loosing the spotlight. Some say that this is a good thing: usually anti-terrorism programs do not stand up to cost-benefit analysis to other projects that the government would like to spend money on. For example, cancer research saves more lives per dollar spent than the air marshal program. In the case of this product, I would be curious to know what the implimentation costs are beside the actual cost of the medicine.
Our government has ADD. I'm serious.
You really should watch the movie Pentagon Wars.
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