Pentagon wasting US taxpayers’ money on mercenaries


This video from the USA says about itself:

How Many Taxpayer Dollars Can The Pentagon Waste In A Year?

6 December 2016

Much of the Pentagon’s waste is due to contractors, which is a nice word for mercenaries. Their salaries are much higher than normal soldiers, and the owners of these private military companies have to get their cut of your tax dollars too. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post.

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.

The report, issued in January 2015, identified “a clear path” for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years. The plan would not have required layoffs of civil servants or reductions in military personnel. Instead, it would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements, curtailed high-priced contractors and made better use of information technology.”

Read more here.

‘THE MARTIN SHKRELI OF DEFENSE CONTRACTING’ Here’s how monopolist TransDigm could be fleecing the Pentagon. [HuffPost]

19 thoughts on “Pentagon wasting US taxpayers’ money on mercenaries

  1. Pingback: Less waste on F-35 warplanes? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Anti-Trump demonstration, 20 January, Washington | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Blackwater boss wants riches from anti-refugee violence in Europe | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Donald Trump’s ‘mad dog’ Secretary of War | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Donald Trump, trade and war | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Donald Trump, trade wars and shooting wars | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Ecuadorean farmers against DynCorp mercenaries | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: New York Times opposes war profiteers, but only Russian ones | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: Donald Trump and Bush’s, Blair’s mercenaries | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Shoot women in their vaginas, Philippines president says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Expensive wars for United States taxpayers | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: Emirates-USA torture in Yemen, Amnesty says | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: United States Senator John McCain dies | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: American mercenaries’ nazi flag in Afghanistan | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: Spanish neofascist murder attempt on prime minister | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: American taxpayers’ money to militarism or healthcare? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.