if you don't work for the feds you must never have seen how the government runs its repair centers, you've never seen how the feds account for time or dollars, and you've never seen how a bureaucracy of unionized workers can lose things, cover errors, stifle individuals, and bury production in paperwork.
I have direct experience in or with five maintenance centers in two branches and contracts under almost every government hardware procurement system and customer you can name.
We're a long way beyond a time when one dedicated officer could develop a new rifle at an isolated arsenal, write to a manufacturer for arms for his troops, or influence design of the next model Colt.
The government mantra is profit-bad, no profit-good. In their hands that translates into making sure losses are explained by procedures, physical plant is justified (even if not used), staffing is up to (drives) budget, and hours are spread until they cover labor cost demand. Procurement costs are driven by a combination of specifications that try to define every needed element without understanding or knowing what is required to do it, and suppliers who know that there is money to be made by finding answers to the inevitable errors.