Re: This is the US military...
Not true - the Dept of Defense is great at beating a dead horse!
(More accurately, the beatings move down the line when the management at suppliers, having learn from being beaten by the DoD customer, start beating their own engineering staff. I've been that horse before. And I've also beaten my own suppliers before, not realizing they were acting dead by refusing to make promised changes.)
Not really joking, so I can't use "joke alert" -->