08 Aug '12, 4pm

Defense spending is not what is breaking the bank

Defense spending is not what is breaking the bank

As the largest employer in America, the Department of Defense should not be off the hook for belt-tightening. Everyone loves to hate the Pentagon's broken acquisition system, for good reason. The emphasis on contractors often masks the government's contribution to spiraling costs and schedule delays. And this takes the pressure off leaders to change the way the Pentagon buys not weapons but services. Of the roughly $400 billion the military spends on goods, services, information technology and commodities each year, more than half goes to services. A reformed process would emphasize competition, reduce congressional regulations, restore the authority of service secretaries, and accelerate programs for completion in seven years or fewer. Other key reform initiatives include a long overdue review of the Pentagon's nearly 800,000 civilian workers. While private industry has b...

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