I would agree except for the fact that the government did not commission the research on its own. The government was petitioned by groups and scientist for the money to do the research based on a projected outcome.
Again I am not defending overages. I have given a plan to resolve that problem. It seems it is a good one because no one has challenged it. All I am saying is that whether it is overages which still produce a product that helps defend our nation, or military research that costs millions-billions and fails; wasting money is wasting money. You cant be upset about one and support another.
Another angle and I am not sure if this is valid. I believe that defense contractors for the US military can only develop for the US military and certain allies and then the US sells the arms or planes to other nations.