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cory777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 07:32 PM
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Pentagon's New Contractor Policy Doesn't Scare Defense Industry At All
Edited on Tue Jun-29-10 08:21 PM by cory777
Source: Huffington Post


The Pentagon's new contract acquisition policy -- heralded for getting tough on military contractors -- is actually a feeble, token attempt to change a system that has spiraled out of control to the enormous benefit of the defense industry.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his acquisition chief, Ashton Carter, announced a series of steps on Monday they said were intended to cut overhead costs and improve the Pentagon's "buying power."

The savings, they explained, could then go toward continued growth in "warfighting capabilities" -- as a way of mitigating what is expected to be an end to a decade of double-digit growth in the overall Pentagon budget.

Their goals, however, are small change compared to the enormous sums the Pentagon lavishes on its contractors.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/29/pentagons-new-...



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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 07:43 PM
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1. obama's republican pet lol nt
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lanlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 05:18 AM
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2. what a sick joke
The Army is building a gigantic, glistening, hi-tech new headquarters building that sits atop I-395 at the Seminary Road exit about 4 miles south of the Pentagon. It must have cost many, many hundreds of millions of dollars. And the road infrastructure at that particular juncture is horrendous--there is a very old, pot-hole-strewn bridge that forms the exit ramp from 395. The traffic snarls that this will cause once the building is ready for occupation will be of epic proportions. So to hear Gates going after the lavish spending of contractors is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. The Army's new HQ is the very definition of lavish spending.
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