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Pentagon Betrayed by Science

The Pentagon (Photo)
How can we spend efficiently if the government ignores studies on how to do so?

This essay was originally published at A Political Paradox. It has been reformatted and reposted here with explicit permission from the author.

An internal Pentagon study revealed that they will waste $125 billion on unnecessary overhead during the next five years under their current model of operation.

While Pentagon leaders requested the study themselves to increase efficiency and investments, they were quick to discredit it when these negative results came to light in January 2015.

Regardless, that study eventually surfaced. It revealed that the Pentagon employs over 1,000,000 back office personnel and 1,300,000 troops on active duty.

And instead of listening to the 5-year-plan presented to avoid such financial waste through early retirements, attrition, making better use of information technology, and curtailing high-priced contractors, they buried the study to discourage Congress from cutting the “defense” budget.

Hayley Burroughs
6 December 2016

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