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Pentagon Budget Ignores Sequestration, Relies on Old Ideas

President Obama’s budget request for the Department of Defense ignores the reality of the sequestration cuts and suggests old ideas to save money, according to an analysis by Winslow Wheeler.

In a new article by POGO’s Wheeler on the Straus Military Reform Project website, he said the budget request shows:

[T]here is no new thinking in the Pentagon for putting defense spending on a constructive path. There is not even anything that promises a departure from the last-minute, hysterical decision making we observed in the denouement of the 2013 defense budget process.

As submitted, the new Defense plan simply wishes away the statutory reality of sequestration, and to pretend to save money, it trots out only tired old ideas.

Wheeler said that many of the savings come from base closures and reducing the cost of military healthcare, both plans that have come before Congress before and failed.

Read Wheeler’s full analysis over on the new Straus Military Reform Project website.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

Related Content: Budget, Defense, Straus

Authors: Andre Francisco

Submitted by Anonymous at: April 18, 2013
If you haven't read this book, you should. “Institutions are products of past process, are adapted to past circumstances and are therefore never in full accord with the requirements of the present.” The Theory of the Leisure Class; Thorstein Veblen; Dover Thrift Edition; 1899; pp 118-119

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