As is explained in the attached article, waste is built into the Pentagon. It is neck deep in your face crony capitalism too.
But this fat means jobs for some, and riches, real riches for others. And no one in Washington or in the federal government thinks their job or program should ever be eliminated. That is not how the swamp, I mean government, works. This isn’t how it’s done. Once one is in the club one works the system until retirement at which time one can then enjoy one’s taxpayer funded pension. That’s the deal folks. That’s the truth. And this is one of the reasons we make the point that too many conservatives have given the military a pass for too long. Perhaps these conservatives are in the military or have a military pension, but the military is full of taxpayer financed fluff and fat. The fat is everywhere and it should be cut with a cleaver. Some people are just going to have to deal with the economic reality with which those of us in the private sector must deal.
But for all the military make work jobs, the flat out cronyism is at least as bad. (The two are often one and the same.)
(From The American Conservative)
In fact, as the senior Pentagon official with whom I spoke says, the toes that Gibson stepped on belonged to Patrick Shanahan, the deputy secretary of defense and a former vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems, a major Pentagon contractor…
…That Jay Gibson has been caught in the Mattis-Ricardel crossfire is an open secret at the Pentagon, where key officials speculate that Ricardel’s promotion of Shanahan has less to do with his commitment to Pentagon budget reform than to the fact that the two were close colleagues at Boeing, where Ricardel served for nine years (from 2006 to 2015) as vice president of strategic missile and defense systems.
Boeing is one of the most crony companies on the planet. It wields massive power and has long sheared the taxpayer flock.