According to an investigation by The Washington Post, the Pentagon has buried evidence of $125 billion in administrative waste.
These numbers were revealed with an internal 2015 study by the Defense Business Board, an internal group of federal advisors for the secretary and deputy secretary of defense.
The study showed that nearly a quarter of the Pentagon’s $580 billion dollar budget had been spent on back-office bureaucracy, employing over a million military personnel, civilians and contractors, which adds up to almost the same amount of people as active duty troops.
The Post’s investigation showed that spending was suppressed due to fears that Congress would curtail the defense budget. Cuts would have included early retirement, improved use of information technology and less expenses for contractors.
Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post weighs in on these findings, and goes in-depth on the investigation, while Jerry Nickelsburg of the UCLA Anderson forecast discusses the implications of Trump’s national defense spending on California’s economy.
Craig Whitlock, investigative reporter, The Washington Post