“The ‘universe’ of programs and processes in need of reform at the Pentagon is more than large enough to allow for compliance with so-called sequestration while maintaining the strongest and most capable military the world has ever known”
– R Street Institute and National Taxpayers Union Report, June 2013
- Three soldiers call the Army’s battlefield intelligence network a multibillion-dollar dud.
“Congress can run from [the Base Closure and Realignment Commission], but it cannot hide. The selfish and the self-aggrandizing on the Hill will succeed on BRAC this year and proclaim proudly that they beat it down — thereby diverting funds needed for readiness to protect pork. But as the future unfolds, excess bases will be closed one way or another. BRAC is not the only way of doing it; clearly, the era when we could expect Congress to face reality through the BRAC process is long gone.”
Winslow T. Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information with the Project On Government Oversight, on Congress refusing to allow the Pentagon to save money by closing unnecessary bases and facilities.
GAO: Hey Navy. How much will it cost to operate this ship?
Navy: We have no idea. In fact, we are 90% sure our current guess is wrong.
Image from the U.S. Navy.
“Many in our government, even some surprisingly senior officials you think would know better, seem to believe that an inspector general should be their partner — or, more correctly, their silent partner,” he said. “In their opinion, my reports should be slipped in a sealed envelope in the dead of night under the door — never to see the light of day — because those reports could embarrass the administration, embarrass President Karzai, embarrass Afghanistan.”
See those nice new looking incinerators? They cost you $5 million, but they’ve never been used. Instead troops are still relying on dangerous open-air burn pits for their trash.