Government Speak

Politicians and bureaucrats are masters in the use of language to obscure, but this may take the cake.

The Mark 7 Marine Mammal System.

Do you know what it is?

Does anyone in Congress who votes on the Defense budget know what it is?

Here’s a hint.

Mark 7s being transported on a cargo plane

OK, a better hint.

Hi, guys!
Source: NOAA via Unsplash.com

Yep, Mark 7s are dophins the US Navy has trained to look for underwater mines. However, asking for budget for a Mark 7 System is probably more politically correct than asking for money for a dolphin, don’t you think?

Sources:

  1. https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/weaps/mms.htm
  2. https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a31210288/transporting-dolphins-navy-air-force/
  3. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-time-when-us-navy-dolphins-recovered-a-rare-19th-century-torpedo/ar-BB14cN7r

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