$125 billion of waste at the Pentagon?
There’s an investigation in the Washington Post which says that the Pentagon buried a report which showed that there was $125 billion of bureaucratic waste (over a five-year period).
I believe it. I worked for a year as a government contractor for the U.S. Army, and the project I was working on was a complete waste of the taxpayers’ money. Plus in the building where I worked, none of the government employees there seemed to be doing anything useful, if they were doing anything at all.
But I wouldn’t take this to mean that the entire government is like that. Before the U.S. Army job, I worked for a division of another government agency which was running a pretty tight ship in fulfilling its mission, and was providing good value for the taxpayer. It was more efficient than the private company I worked for in New York City which had a bloated and inefficient IT department staffed mostly by Indians, and customer service and marketing which had no clue what they were doing. But the company was profitable because they had a monopoly, and monopolies don’t have to be efficient or well run to be profitable.
Going back to the military bureaucracy, it’s probably the most inefficient bureaucracy in government because it’s the largest bureaucracy in government and the bigger a bureaucracy gets the more inefficient it becomes. And there’s less of a political check on Pentagon waste because the Republicans, who are normally suspicious about government spending, love government spending when it’s being done by the military; this is a point of view that’s a remnant of the politics of the Cold War which those of you under the age of 40 don’t remember.