I always thought a Spitfire was about £5000 ...
I thought that until today, and I lack the means to prove what I grew up believing. No matter, what is twice the price where defence disposables, and the men who make them work, are concerned?
Having deleted the rest of your comment I cannot reply except to say that I acknowledged the advance of science, and its handmaiden technology, and asked, that notwithstanding, whether all that investment could overcome human frailty to such an extent that concentrating risk is worthwhile.
I think not.
That notwithstanding, I posed a question. We proceed apace and by our ingenuity have long since outgrown bows and arrows, and the economic system that paid for them. The weapons we have developed for wars that are purely economic now seem to exceed our ability to produce them economically as fast as we can use them within the current economic regime. Where do we go from here?