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I’m going to get to the bottom of this.
According to a Washington Post exposé published this week, the Pentagon buried a report that exposed $125 billion of waste in their budget:
“Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous back-office bureaucracy more efficient and reinvest any savings in combat power. But after the project documented far more wasteful spending than expected, senior defense officials moved swiftly to kill it by discrediting and suppressing the results.”
If true, this is unacceptable—and today I told the Department of Defense that I want a full copy of this study, along with any background data.
The American people deserve to know if—while some in Congress were busy debating cuts to vital services, furloughing employees, and threatening working peoples’ pensions—the Department of Defense knew it could be saving the American people billions and billions of dollars… and did nothing.
I’m going to get to the bottom of this, you have my word.