In fact, rooting out billions of dollars of waste in the pentagon budget would leave more than enough to provide a robust defense of the country without increasing spending waste at the pentagon is nothing new. It's going to be a big waste of time, because debates about how much money the pentagon should spend are inevitably used to obscure much more important debates about how, exactly, to spend it once you accept this observation, you will be stunned by how often you see it in action.
Accordingly, it is important for congress to keep in mind that this budget is not just about cutting waste at the pentagon specifically, the secretary revealed that the lower budget would result in the following: a smaller army and marine corps the budget will produce an active army of just 490,000 people. In addition to the issue of bureaucracy, a few examples of the other ways the pentagon wastes our money underscore the point of the need to keep a much closer eye on the pentagon’s use of our tax dollars.
And as gordon adams, former director of the office and management and budget for defense issues, has noted, the cost of the pentagon’s back office has “basically doubled per active duty troop. Critics called unpatrioticdanielle brian, director of the project on governmental oversight, a nonprofit group in washington, dc, said waste has become ingrained in the defense budget because opposition to defense spending is portrayed as unpatriotic, and legislators are often more concerned about winning pentagon pork than controlling defense waste.
Gao's kutz said rumsfeld has showed a commitment to cutting waste and asked pentagon officials to save 5 percent of the defense budget, which would mean a $20 billion savings legislators are also calling attention to defense waste. But the best management tool is to put the pentagon on a tighter budget, so it is forced to make some tough choices no one, hawk or dove, should sit still for the waste of tens of billions of tax dollars. The pentagon’s war on accountability may 26, budget analyst todd harrison of the center for strategic and international studies important issues beyond the antics. Common dreams is a small nonprofit with a big mission every day of the week, we publish the most important breaking news & views for the progressive community to remain an independent news source, we do not advertise, sell subscriptions or accept corporate contributions. Solid-waste management is a major challenge in urban areas throughout the world without an effective and efficient solid-waste management program, the waste generated from various human activities, both industrial and domestic, can result in health hazards and have a negative impact on the environment.
Figure 1 depicts defense budget authority in current dollars it includes the effects of inflation it shows the pentagon’s total budget peaked in fy 2010 at $691 billion and that the base budget peaked a few years later in 2013 therefore, the fy2017 budget request represents a total budget reduction of $108 billion from that peak. Senior defense officials suppressed a study documenting $125 billion worth of administrative waste at the pentagon out of fears that congress would use its findings to cut the defense budget, the washington post reported late monday. A shrinking defense budget the secretary of defense indicated that the total defense budget will amount to about $635 billion in budget authority in fy 2013, some of which falls outside the department of defense and panetta’s preview by way of comparison, the total defense budget in fy 2010 was more than $721 billion.
Yet the president’s budget adheres to the exact defense spending levels set in the bipartisan budget act of 2018, which defense budget analyst todd harrison of the center for strategic and. The pentagon’s budget time bomb it is important to understand that the request for base budget is the i wrote an budget issue paper arguing that it was time begin planning for a.
The revelation this week by “the washington post” that the pentagon buried a report that exposed $125 billion in waste in the department’s administrative operations is just the latest indication that it is more interested in padding its budget than spending taxpayer dollars wisely. 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. (victoria walker/the washington post) 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.