The U.S. government thinks giving Neal Blue and General Atomics $28 million is important enough to merit forgoing possible alternative uses of the money. Let's consider one of those trade-offs for a moment.
The "war on terror" was built on two tiers of grief. Momentous and meaningless. Ours and theirs. The domestic politics of grief settled in for a very long haul, while perpetual war required the leaders of both major parties to keep affirming and reinforcing the two tiers of grief.