The Pentagon was worried their new budget might get slashed if Congress found out about their recent mismanagement of funds. Instead of coming clean when they found out about it, they tried to hide the fact that they just cannot account for $125 billion, which they have swept under the floor and conveniently labeled as “bureaucratic waste” as if that is all right.
It was an internal memo which circulated in the highest of circles in the Pentagon about more efficient use of time and funds that added to $125 billion, which brought light to this travesty. So incriminating was this for them, they tried to hide the very existence of the memo but, unfortunately for them, it got leaked and we now know of its contents.
If this memo did not surface, we the American people would never have even known about a missing $125 billion in the first place! The sad fact is that America is so used to hearing about wasteful (criminally corrupt) spending from the Pentagon that upon hearing of this latest $125 billion it barely made the news!
The Washington Post broke the story. Here from the Post:
The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post.
Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous back-office bureaucracy more efficient and reinvest any savings in combat power. But after the project documented far more wasteful spending than expected, senior defense officials moved swiftly to kill it by discrediting and suppressing the results.
The report, issued in January 2015, identified “a clear path” for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years. The plan would not have required layoffs of civil servants or reductions in military personnel. Instead, it would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements, curtailed high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology.
… Based on reams of personnel and cost data, their report revealed for the first time that the Pentagon was spending almost a quarter of its $580 billion budget on overhead and core business operations such as accounting, human resources, logistics and property management.
Because they are waiting to receive $611 billion in a defense bill, they think it’s ok to hide their mismanagement and corruption. Where is the outrage? Where is the oversight? They don’t need more money. What they need is to properly account for every dollar they spend. They need an impartial third party to oversee all their expenditures.
But don’t worry, Trump has just nominated yet another general to a cabinet position and has been very consistent in trumpeting his desire to give even more money to the military. The fact is our military machine has a life of its own and no one has the balls to stand up to it. Here’s to the new boss; same as the old boss… He might bring change to Washington, but he will never bring change to the military.
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