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Old June 14, 2009, 02:44 PM   #436
Mike Irwin
Join Date: April 13, 2000
Location: Northern Virginia
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My only comment on Mark's article is that military demand started going up significantly before 2007. We've been fighting a two-front war since 2003.

That helped take the "slack" out of the production system that was available to fill civilian demand. When civilian demand started to skyrocket? The slack that had been there was fulfilling military purchasing. No slack, huge civilian upramp in purchases equals shortages.
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