According to The Wall Street Journal, developing the health insurance exchange site so far . . .
. . . has cost at least $360 million, and possibly as much as $600 million.
Then there’s the F-22. Developing that baby cost a mere $42 billion and while the planes themselves are a steal at only $150 million per, it was nine years before a single production model was delivered to the Air Force. Wikipedia:
During the development process the aircraft continued to gain weight at the cost of range and aerodynamic performance, even as capabilities were deleted or delayed in the name of affordability
F-22 production was split up over many subcontractors across 46 states, in a strategy to increase Congressional support for the program. However the production split, along with the implementation of several new technologies were likely responsible for increased costs and delays. Many capabilities were deferred to post-service upgrades, reducing the initial cost but increasing total project cost.Each aircraft required “1,000 subcontractors and suppliers and 95,000 workers” to build. The F-22 was in production for 15 years, at a rate of roughly two per month.
Now that’s some bureaucracy there! It’s really a marvel the thing flies.