Pentagon: “Spending Dollars Like It Doesn’t Matter”

DF-ST-87-06962 The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.

The Pentagon has for too long been given a blank check by “conservatives.” That has to change.

(From The National Taxpayers Union)

$2.9 million in taxpayer funds were used to generate the report, though the contract “stipulated that none of the data or analysis could be released to the news media or the public.” It’s important to keep in mind that this report revealed little to nothing about national security or other top secret strategic concerns that arguably should remain classified. Taxpayers scored a win for government accountability only last week, when the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act rejected an attempt on the part of the Pentagon to further curtail Freedom of Information Act access. Based on the actions described in the article, it’s clear government watchdogs should press for more transparency.

This event also underscores the case for auditing the Pentagon. When a top Pentagon official pushed back against the report findings, insisting that he needed more people, not fewer, an expert behind the report responded, “If you don’t believe me, call in an auditor…They’ll tell you it’s even worse than this.”

Finally, this event vindicates NTU and our allies across the political spectrum, who are right to call for spending and waste reductions at the Pentagon. Unfortunately, these calls are often met by a chorus of naysayers who insist the BCA has “gutted” our Armed Services, and refuse to consider any cuts – even to questionable programs.

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