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    The Pentagon hid a study from the government last year that showed it had wasted $125 million on bureaucracy after claiming deep military budget cuts left it without funds, US media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The 77-page report by McKinsey consultancy was to improve the US Defense Ministry’s efficiency by pointing out where it could save up to invest into combat operation, the Washington Post reported.

    Instead, the inquiry revealed the Pentagon used a chunk of its $580-billion budget to maintain a back-office team of full-time workers and pricey contractors almost as huge as troops on active duty they supported.

    The military quickly removed the report from Pentagon’s Defense Business Board website and imposed secrecy restrictions on the data used in it to avoid possible cuts to the budget.

    The US media outlet suggested that the study could be of interest to US President-elect Donald Trump who promised during his election campaign to pay for his expensive military plans by downsizing the government and eliminating budget gimmicks.

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    • avatar
      Matthewbleu2
      According to US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on the eve of 911, the Pentagon could not account for US$2.3 trillion. Of course, on the next day, that news was forgotten.

      Now , 15 years later, Ash Carter announced that the Pentagon cannot account for US$6.5 trillion. Trump says to Ash Carter: You are Fired and Mad Dog Mattis will take over.

      I think by 2020 Mad Dog Mattis will announce that the Pentagon cannot account for US$10 trillion. Then the people of America will say to Donald Trump: You are fired.
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      Darrell R
      If these wasteful defense contracts were scrutinized the same way a corporation scrutinizes its own contract spending, the pentagon would get much higher quality contracts and the taxpayers would save trillions.
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      Erik Trete
      This report was classified, whoever leaked it will surely face years behind bars as publicly publishing this report has done great harm to the perceived integrity of the US military.
    • avatar
      posttrumpism
      Dead end, usa the abyss: It does not matter what it can produce, sell, if it spend way way way more of its future!
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