Gates steps up campaign to slash defense waste
Defense Secretary Robert Gates is stepping up his campaign to reshape the nation's defense establishment by shifting Pentagon spending priorities and imploring military and civilian officials to change the way they do business.Returning to his home state, Gates was delivering a speech Saturday on defense spending as the featured guest at a ...
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#1 May 8, 2010
So what do the Obama haters do? Do they applaud Gates because he's a Bush appointee? Or do they attack him because he's Obama's cabinet member?
#2 May 8, 2010
Here is another matter that has not received much media attention;
May God bless and have mercy on us.
#3 May 8, 2010
Was this in response to this:??
KBR Bills $5 Million For Mechanics Who Work 43 Minutes a Month
It was just a single contract for a single job on a single base in Iraq. The Department of Defense agreed to pay the megacontractor KBR $5 million a year to repair tactical vehicles, from Humvees to big rigs, at Joint Base Balad, a large airfield and supply center north of Baghdad. Yet according to a new Pentagon report [PDF], what the military got was as many as 144 civilian mechanics, each doing as little as 43 minutes of work a month, with virtually no oversight. The report, issued March 3 by the DOD's inspector general, found that between late 2008 and mid-2009, KBR performed less than 7 percent of the work it was expected to do, but still got paid in full.
The $4.6 million blown on this particular contract is a relatively small loss considering that in 2009 alone, the government had a blanket deal worth $5 billion with KBR (formerly known as the Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root). Just days before the Pentagon released the Balad report, KBR announced it had won a new $2.3 billion-plus, five-year Iraq contract. But the inspector general's modest investigation offers new insight into just how little KBR delivers and how toothless the Pentagon is to prevent contractor waste. Moreover, the government's own auditors predict that as the military draws down its forces in Iraq, KBR will keep most of its workforce intact, enabling it to collect $190 million or more in unnecessary expenses. Much of any "peace dividend" from the war's gradual endpotentially hundreds of billions of dollarscould wind up in the hands of contractors.
#5 May 8, 2010
-------but Gates approves spending millions to refit nuke subs to accomodate women?????
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