A new article from the Washington Post reveals that in early 2015, the Pentagon suppressed an internal report showing over $125 billion in wasteful Defense Department spending. With Donald’s emphasis on privatization and his unwillingness to provide any specific details on his budget proposals, there is a likelihood that such waste will become even more pervasive in the years to come.
According to the Post, the Department of Defense’s study showed the ability to save $125 billion over a five year period “without any layoffs in civil servants or reductions in military personnel.” Such savings would come through attrition, early retirements, curtailing higher priced contractors, and making better use of information technology. However, instead of releasing this report, the Pentagon buried the study.
So why was the report suppressed? Sources close to the Pentagon say that leaders worried that “by spotlighting so much waste, the study would undermine their repeated public assertions that years of budget austerity had left the armed forces starved for funds. Instead of providing more money, they said, they worried Congress and the White House might decide to cut deeper.”
Trump’s current budget plan proposes privatizing (i.e. encouraging profit motive) Medicare, Veterans Affairs, Infrastructure, and Student Loans. He also pushes for deep cuts to the Department of Education and the Department of Energy. These cuts would make this type of concealing potential cost savings to avoid future cuts a more common notion.