“And lest you think the B61 [nuclear bomb] is an isolated incident of an American nuclear program whose budget has spiraled out of control, keep this in mind: the [National Nuclear Security Administration]’s 10 largest programs are all over budget, all behind schedule, and have combined cost increases of $16 billion.”
“You have to go where the money is, and carriers and air wings are quite expensive.I’d hate to say it is inevitable, but we have to look very hard at it.”
Rooney had demurred on whether the Navy Department could meet the statutory deadline of September 2014 to get key budget documents in shape to pass an audit. When Sen. McCain pressed for an answer again this morning, she demurred again, saying she still lacked enough “detailed information” to address such a complex issue.
(Pro tip: Do not piss off John McCain.)
“Until you find out, I will not be supporting your nomination,” McCain interrupted. “I want an answer whether the Navy can meet its legal obligations. If you don’t know the answer then you’re not qualified for the job yet.””
“It bears repeating: The office that oversees the most powerful military in history (not to mention the best-funded) is unable to project when its single fax machine will once again be operational.”
The fax machine to receive Freedom of Information Act requests at the Pentagon is broken and there won’t be a replacement until November. The fact that the office uses a fax machine and not email to receive these requests is already ridiculous, but they also can’t fix or replace their only fax machine?
Update 4:52 p.m. - Apparently the fax machine is fixed. It’s amazing the things you can get done when you start yelling about them. https://twitter.com/OSD_FOIA/status/380697383715098624