The Pentagon’s $125 billion waste alone would be enough to fund the world’s third-most expensive military.
As of January 2015 the Pentagon had wasted roughly $125 billion.At least this is what The Washington Post claims in a story by Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward on Monday.According to the report the Pentagon issued an internal report on Jan. 22, 2015 – entitled ‘Transforming DoD’s Core Business Processes for Revolutionary Change’.In that study the Pentagon claimed that a ‘clear path’ existed for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years without laying off military personnel or civil servants.
‘Instead, it would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements – curtailed high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology’ The Washington Post writes.
The Washington Post also claimed that the Pentagon initially supported the study because it called for using that $125 billion for troops – weapons and rebuilding America’s nuclear arsenal.
When other Pentagon leaders became concerned that the study would have the unintended effect of contradicting the military’s longstanding claim that cutting their budget would provide them with inadequate funds – they became concerned that the study would prompt politicians in the White House and Congress to cut their budget instead of giving them more money for the projects they wanted – the Post reported.
The study was suppressed and its data subjected to secrecy restrictions.