So I think there's some confusion w/ how the DoD does Systems procurement. It's not as if they go to the dealership and purchase vehicles for 'X' amount (ie. Firm Fixed Price). Note - I don't really support system or program procurement but I do work for 'in house' General Counsel for Information Technology Gov. procurement. For instance, when my agency buys computers, we set forth minimum acceptable standards and performance; while we may buy a computer for more than you could at Best Buy these contracts include: upgrades, tech, support, extended warranties and so forth. Actually, our current setup was a lease agreement w/ later buyout.Hi, we’re GM, we turn a ZR2 into a Jeep with a couple extra seats as a $145k option.
As for buying American, w/ National Defense Procurement they're actually mandated by law to buy items from allies, and or domestic suppliers. You can certainly understand the rationale behind that. For instance, why we don't buy night vision equipment from China or export F16s to North Korea (the limitations apply to exports as well).
For a systems procurement it involves lifetime maintenance, often manufacturer support, w/ modern weapons systems software licensing and upgrades & so forth. So don't think that they are actually simply buying a ZR2 for 200k; it's more like their buying a vehicle with a LIFETIME cost of 200k, which when you factor in usage and age, it works out pretty well.
Again, I'm not an expert on system procurement nor do I work for DoD, but the price is not really what you guys are thinking.
And I'm not anywhere involved w/ this contract but that price may even include signal jammers like the DUKE which prevent command detonated IEDs (I honestly don't know what's in this procurement) but you don't even want to know how much those things cost. Then sometimes there's, depending on the item/procurement, security restrictions on the employees actually building the item, these types of costs are ALL factored into a contract typically. There's ALL kinds of goodies that that 200k price more than likely includes; it adds up.