Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste

Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward, Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste. The Washington Post, 5 December 2016. “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. Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous back-office bureaucracy more efficient and reinvest any savings in combat power. But after the project documented far more wasteful spending than expected, senior defense officials moved swiftly to kill it by discrediting and suppressing the results.”

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