Unfortunately the military has long been considered a gigantic works program and social experiment. The Military Industrial Complex is so huge, so massive, it creates its own political gravity. And the pull on politicians is almost inescapable.
(From The Nation)
For example, a study by the Pentagon’s Defense Business Board determined that the Pentagon could save $125 billion over five years just by cutting bureaucratic overhead. And the Department of Defense employs over 600,000 private contractors, many of whom are redundant, performing tasks that overlap or that can be done more cheaply by civilian government personnel.