Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste
By Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward
“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.”
After the embarrassing debacle of the Washington Post article based on the PropOrNot project, the paper puts out this solid piece of investigative journalism. The article details how the Pentagon insiders have been doing their damnedest to bury a study that details what the DOD spends on “overhead” costs and lays out a plan to reduce those costs. The 77 slide PowerPoint presentation of the study is included with the article. (Death by PowerPoint)
According to the article the Pentagon spends “almost one-quarter of the defense budget on back office business operations” and “has almost as many people working desk jobs as it does active-duty troops.”
Now this seems like a job perfectly tailored for a business guy famous for saying “you’re fired” and another guy who’s nicknamed mad dog. I also recall the Marine Corps customarily turns back a small portion of its annual budget each year as a statement of fiscal responsibility. These two can go for it with my blessing. Just be sure to change the dining facilities back to mess halls and bring the company mess teams back. Damn I miss those mess teams. I could sure go for a plate of SOS with hash browns and scrambled eggs with that slight green tint right about now.