A shocking report released by the Washington Post late Monday night shows that senior defense officials buried a study that documented $125 billion worth of administrative waste at the Pentagon. They reportedly hid the findings so Congress wouldn’t drastically cut the defense budget.
The report was issued in January 2015 by the advisory Defense Business Board (DBB), and it called for a series of reforms that would have saved the department approximately $125 billion over the course of five years.
According to the Post, the report “would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements, curtailed high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology.”
The Post reported that high ranking defense officials feared the study’s findings would give Congress an “invitation to strip $125 billion from the defense budget and spend it somewhere else.”
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who originally ordered the study, told the paper that the plan laid out in the report was “unrealistic.”
“There is this meme that we’re some bloated, giant organization,” Work said. “Although there is a little bit of truth in that … I think it vastly overstates what’s really going on.”
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement to Fox News, that the DBB report “had limited value” because it “lacked specific, actionable recommendations appropriate to the department.”
“If the impression that’s created is that we’ve got a bunch of money lying around and we’re being lazy and we’re not doing anything to save money, then it’s harder to justify getting budgets that we need,” said chief weapons-buyer Frank Kendall III.
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