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The Pentagon’s Pricey Culture of Mediocrity

Photo of Secretary Gates giving remarks at the change of command ceremony.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gives his remarks at the change-of-command ceremony from U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno to recently promoted Army Gen. Lloyd Austin in Baghdad at the al Faw Palace on Camp Victory, Iraq, Sept.1, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison

When the tank crew under my command ran into trouble on the battlefield, I never doubted the ultimate success of the mission because the Marines I served with were among the finest people I knew.

But if we want to keep it that way, the Pentagon must stop mismanaging its talent and fix its personnel policies.

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By: Dan Grazier
Jack Shanahan Military Fellow, POGO

Photo of Dan Grazier Dan Grazier is the Jack Shanahan Military Fellow at the Project On Government Oversight

Topics: National Security

Authors: Dan Grazier

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